Rule of Law Section

“All persons and authorities within the state, whether public or private, should be bound by and entitled to the benefit of laws publicly made, taking effect (generally) in the future and publicly administered in the courts”, Lord Bingham


A healthy criminal justice system made up of strong institutions which guarantee the independence of the judiciary, and the balance of powers between the three main branches of government is vital for the prevention of conflict and the guaranteeing of security for citizens living under its jurisdiction.

As part of its efforts to assist the Palestinian Authority in taking responsibility for justice and security, EUPOL COPPS works closely with all the key criminal justice institutions in order to guarantee the democratic process, protect the independence of the judiciary, and enhance service delivery of criminal justice institutions to the Palestinian people. In the carrying out of its mandate, two of the key strategic objectives EUPOL COPPS’S Rule of Law section focuses on are the strengthening of the criminal justice system, and the enhancement of Palestinian Police-Prosecution cooperation. This is done by the implementation of operational objectives through the provision of strategic advice, mentoring, and support provided by senior experts from EU member states working within the mission.

The section is currently represented by 10 legal experts from several EU Member States.

EUPOL COPPS is supported by Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Sweden and United Kingdom augmented by contributing countries from Canada, Turkey and Norway.