This paper examines how the Department for International Development can build on its strengths and adopt a more coherent and ambitious approach to the rule of law.
The rule of law is the underlying framework that underpins open and fair societies and economies, where citizens, businesses and civil society can prosper. The rule of law advances 5 main ends:
- public authority is bound by and accountable before preexisting
- clear, and known laws
- citizens are treated equally before the law
- human rights are protected
- citizens can access efficient and predictable dispute resolution mechanisms and law and order are prevalent
The rule of law is inherently political. It is not just about the law; it is about the ‘rules’, the institutions that determine who has access to power, rights and resources.