Guatemala simultaneously faces a post-conflict recovery and a dual crisis of security and legitimacy. Since 2007, the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) has been in place. CICIG's mandate is to support, strengthen and assist Guatemalan institutions in identifying, investigating, prosecuting, and ultimately dismantling domestic illegal security apparatuses and clandestine security organisations.
This report seeks to analyse a sui generis approach towards the strengthening of the rule of law in a protracted conflict environment. It takes into account the interplay between external and internal actors, the "rule of law-builders contract as well as the political settlement underpinning the Guatemalan state.
*This working paper was written in the framework of the Initiative for Peacebuilding.