Why is advancing the rule of law so important?

Why is advancing the rule of law so important?

Have you ever considered your human rights? The Universal Declaration of Human Rights outlines our various rights under the law, the most basic being:

“We are all equal before the law.”

But, is this really the case?

Across the globe this very basic human right, and many others are being challenged. LexisNexis Rule of Law foundation identified that 57% of the world’s population lives outside the umbrella protection of the rule of law. This equals roughly five billion people who are struggling for basic human rights on a daily basis.

As advancers of the rule of law, LexisNexis’ mission is to reduce this number down to zero.

This mission was recently recognised by the United Nations, seeing Mike Walsh, CEO of LexisNexis Legal & Professional, receive a Global Leadership Award from the United Nations Foundation in recognition of the company’s contributions to advancing the rule of law globally.

Defining the rule of law

The rule of law is the foundation for the development of peaceful, equitable and prosperous societies.

In 1885 Professor A V Dicey broken the concept down into three sections:

  • no man could be lawfully interfered or punished by the authorities except for breaches of law established in the ordinary manner before the courts of land
  • no man is above the law and everyone, whatever his condition or rank is, is subject to the ordinary laws of the land
  • the result of the ordinary law of the land is constitution

LexisNexis has followed suit with its own definition outlined in four key points

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About the author:

Hannah is one of the Future of Law blog’s digital and technical editors. She graduated from Northumbria University with a degree in History and Politics and previously freelanced for News UK, before working as a senior news editor for LexisNexis.