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One of the central purposes of the Rule of Law is to ensure that governments are subject to the law, not above it. In this programme of work, we explore what Governments themselves can and should do to ensure that they are subject to the law. We are interested in how a culture of legality becomes embedded within Government, and how Governments respond to court judgments, including the judgments of international courts such as regional human rights courts, and to recommendations from international review mechanisms such as human rights treaty bodies. We also consider what Governments can collectively do to uphold the Rule of Law, through international intergovernmental organisations such as the UN, the EU, the Council of Europe and the Commonwealth.

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