Hague Journal on the Rule of Law

, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp 176–193 | Cite as

Introducing the Rule of Law in Security Sector Reform: European Union Policies in the Palestinian Territories

  • Dimitris Bouris
  • Stuart Reigeluth


This paper examines the efforts of the European Union to advance Security Sector Reform and to bridge the gap with the Judiciary Sector Reform and the rule of law in the Occupies Palestinian Territories. Since the 1993 Oslo Accords, the EU engaged actively in the state-building project in the Occupied Palestinian Territories by taking a number of initiatives in situ. Security has been a key issue in all Israeli-Palestinian agreements concluded during the post-1993 Oslo interim period up to 1999 and then, with the resumption of the Palestinian intifada in 2000, security became primordial to all internationally-sponsored diplomatic initiatives and peace plans. The article analyses the EU initiatives undertaken to help the Palestinian Authority reform its security and judiciary sectors, and argues that while the European Union has, in theory, supported the rule of law perspective in Palestinian Security Sector Reform, in reality it has not paid much attention to improving democratic civilian oversight and accountability.


European Union European Council Gaza Strip Security Sector Palestinian Authority 
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© T.M.C. Asser Press 2012

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  • Dimitris Bouris
  • Stuart Reigeluth

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