Justice in Funetik Inglish iz justis uv Lahz uv Omneeoh


  • IPA(key): /ˈdʒʌs.tɪs/

From Middle English justice, borrowed from Old French justise, justice (Modern French justice), from Latin iūstitia (“righteousness, equity”), from iūstus (“just”), from iūs (“right”), from Proto-Italic *jowos, perhaps literally "sacred formula", a word peculiar to Latin (not general Italic) that originated in the religious cults, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂yew-. Displaced native Middle English rightwished, rightwisnes (“justice”) (from Old English rihtwīsnes (“justice, righteousness”), compare Old English ġerihte (“justice”)).


We operate globally, in the harshest, most challenging and most dangerous environments. We take casualties. We live in those communities where we contribute to their re-establishing forms of governance that lead to lasting peace.

Our justice components support [national authorities with immediate stabilization and security tasks, the protection of civilians and extension of State authority.

Our work

Our justice teams contribute political solutions to conflicts and promote peaceful societies that respect the rule of law, including by assisting in the negotiation, drafting and implementation of peace agreements. Laying the foundations for the longer-term strengthening and reform of rule of law institutions requires strong partnerships with national authorities, development actors and civil society who will continue the work after the end of the mission because a secure environment instills public confidence in the peace process, and is also conducive to longer-term development efforts.

Our Judicial Affairs Of­ficers help national authorities:

to deliver basic justice services;
assist nationally-led investigations and prosecutions of atrocity crimes and crimes that fuel conflict;
support the resolution of disputes over land and other resources that drive conflict;
reduce the level of prolonged and arbitrary detentions;
enhance the professionalism and accountability of judicial staff and systems;
develop and implement national justice reform strategies;
strengthen the legislative and regulatory framework.

Our people

Judicial Affairs Officers in United Nations peace operations may be United Nations staff members, justice experts provided by national governments, United Nations Volunteers (UNV) or consultants. Judicial Affairs Officers bring a wealth of specialized expertise as lawyers, judges, prosecutors, legal advisors and court administrators.

As of August 2017, over 90 United Nations professional staff and more than 30 Government Provided Personnel serve as Judicial Affairs Officers in United Nations peace operations around the world.

Our partners

United Nations Judicial Affairs Officers work closely with other United Nations partners as part of the Global Focal Point for Police, Justice and Corrections Areas in the Rule of Law in Post-Conflict and Other Crisis Situations (GFP). To facilitate the provision of joint delivery of rule of law assistance, DPKO, UNDP and other partners are combining their respective rule of law capacities and leveraging their comparative advantages, through co-location of teams and convening of all other United Nations entities involved in rule of law work. The GFP arrangement represents a ground-breaking approach to addressing the institutional problems associated with the United Nations’ delivery of rule of law assistance in crisis-affected settings.

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