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Research and Knowledge Transfer Hub for Rule of Law Promotion – RSF Hub

Restricting and binding state power in the interest of the protection of individual freedom and material justice are fundamental preconditions for peace, security, and sustainable development. Advancing the rule of law in line with this understanding is the goal of projects on rule of law promotion.

As a focal point bringing together scholarship and practice, RSF Hub supports the German Federal Foreign Office's engagement in rule of law promotion and transitional justice through research, advisory, and networking activities. To this end, RSF Hub staff are seconded to the German Federal Foreign Office and support its Directorate-General for Humanitarian Assistance, Crisis Prevention Stabilisation and Post-Conflict Reconstruction.

In the field of research, RSF Hub currently works on the Handbook on Rule of Law Promotion for Research and Practice (in German) which will be published at the end of 2020. RSF Hub staff furthermore contribute articles to scientific journals and academic blogs on rule of law promotion and related topics. In 2019, RSF Hub curated the debate on rule of law promotion on the PeaceLab blog which made a substantial contribution to the development of the German government’s strategy on rule of law promotion

As part of its advisory and networking activities, RSF Hub organises round tables and expert talks which are subsequently summarised and published in the form of reports and impulse papers. A first, ongoing series of expert talks is conducted under the guiding theme "Innovation for Rule of Law Promotion and Transitional Justice". Following the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, a second series of expert talks was launched on the challenges of the pandemic on rule of law promotion. All papers and reports published so far are available for download:

Expert talk series “Rule of Law Promotion in Times of Covid-19“:

The last expert discussion in this series on global perspectives will take place on 8 July 2020 and will be held as a public webinar. Further information can be found here, the link to the event can be found here.

RSF Hub: Covid-19 in Myanmar: Effects of the Pandemic on the Rule of Law. Covid-19-Paper No. 4, June 2020.

RSF Hub: Covid-19 in Mali: Effects of the Pandemic on the Rule of Law. Covid-19-Paper No. 3, June 2020.

RSF Hub: Covid-19 in Tunisia: Effects of the Pandemic on the Rule of Law. Covid-19-Paper No. 2, May 2020.

RSF Hub: Auswirkungen der Covid-19-Pandemie auf die deutsche Rechtsstaatsförderung. Covid-19 Paper No. 1, May 2020 (in German).

Expert talk series “Innovation for Rule of Law Promotion and Transitional Justice“:

RSF Hub: Local Implementing Organizations: Selection Criteria, Framework Conditions and Political Implications. Impulse Paper No. 6, February 2020.

RSF Hub: Refugees, Journalists and Pupils: Upscaling Knowledge Transfer in Rule of Law Promotion. Impulse Paper No. 5, January 2020.

RSF Hub: South-South and Triangular Cooperation: Exchange of Experience in Rule of Law Promotion. Impulse Paper No. 4, December 2019.

RSF Hub: Mobile Courts, Legal Clinics and Microjustice: How to Improve Access to Justice for People in Fragile Contexts? Impulse Paper No. 3, November 2018.

RSF Hub: User-centred Law: What Law, Which Rights Do People in Fragile Contexts Need? Impulse Paper No. 2, November 2018.

RSF Hub: Apps, Open Source and Data Security: The Opportunities and Challenges of Digitalisation. Impulse Paper No. 1, November 2018.

Round table series on rule of law promotion in the German Federal Foreign Office:

Round Table on the Promotion of the Rule of Law in the German Federal Foreign Office: "Low Threshold Access to Justice" (December 2018) (in German).

Round Table on the Promotion of the Rule of Law in the German Federal Foreign Office: "Non-State Actors“ (January 2018) (in German).

Project leaders

Dr Gregor Walter-Drop and Prof. Dr Matthias Kötter


Dr. Tilmann Röder (Research Coordinator) and Johannes Socher (Research Fellow)

Ines Obel (Project Administrator)

Michelle Benzing, Merle Jungenkrüger, and Stephanie Lorang (Student Assistants)


E-Mail: rsf-hub@polsoz.fu-berlin.de

Postal Address

Freie Universität Berlin
Otto-Suhr-Institut für Politikwissenschaft (OSI)
Arbeitsstelle Transnationale Beziehungen, Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik (ATASP)
Ihnestraße 26
D-14197 Berlin