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Rule of Law Defined

The ‘rule of law’ … refers to a principle of governance in which all persons, institutions and entities, public and private … are accountable to laws that are publicly promulgated, equally enforced and independently adjudicated, and which are consistent with international human rights norms and standards.

United Nations Security Council, “The rule of law and transitional justice in conflict and post-conflict societies”, S/2004/616 at para. 6

The rule of law vouchsafes to the citizens and residents of the country a stable, predictable and ordered society in which to conduct their affairs. It provides a shield for individuals from arbitrary state action.

Our Rule of Law Partners

Innocence Canada’s mandate is to identify, advocate for, and exonerate individuals who have been convicted of a crime they did not commit and to prevent wrongful convictions through legal education and reform.

The equality effect works to create change that will improve the lives of women and girls, and reduce the discrimination that currently restricts their freedom and prosperity. We use strategic equality initiatives to achieve concrete change and the meaningful empowerment of women and girls.

LexisNexis Canada is a proud partner of the Law Society of Nunavut, in working to advance the Rule of Law and promoting access to justice and diversity & inclusion.

Pro Bono Ontario develops and manages high quality programs that connect volunteer lawyers with Ontarians who can’t afford a lawyer. Wherever possible, they embed their free legal services in front-line environments like courthouses, schools and hospitals – places frequented by people with legal problems they can’t afford to address.

Access Pro Bono Society of BC promotes access to justice in British Columbia by providing and fostering quality pro bono legal services for people and non-profit organizations of limited means.

The Everyone Legal Clinic is a first-of-its-kind public interest law incubator offering a full menu of affordable legal services to everyone in British Columbia.
We're committed to fostering a more inclusive and culturally responsive justice system, by increasing the diversity of legal professionals, and by serving clients from underserved communities.

Rule of Law Report

The Rule of Law Report is a free newsletter created by LexisNexis Canada.

Volume 6 Issue 4, Dec. 2023
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Volume 4 Issue 4, Dec. 2021
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Volume 3 Issue 4, Dec. 2020
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Volume 2 Issue 4, Dec. 2019
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Issue 4, Dec. 2018
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