International policing is an area of exponential growth for the United Nations and other international organizations such as the European Union. International police officers are tasked with a wide array of responsibilities, including police reform, training, monitoring and executive policing. This raises the question how human rights standards become applicable to international policing. The international human rights law applicable to international policing can be derived from legal sources specifically related to UN and non-UN peace operations and through general human rights law. From a legal perspective, the compliance with international human rights may be regarded as the final test when assessing the success or failure of international police operations.
The covid-19 pandemic has become one of the greatest challenges the world has faced since the founding of the United Nations. The following article provides a short overview, which addresses the United Nations’ efforts in minimizing the negative impact of the virus on peace and security by focusing on the potential role of the Security Council from a normative perspective.