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Parliaments

When people think about the Rule of Law, they tend to think about courts, judges and lawyers. But parliaments have a crucial role to play in both defending and advancing the Rule of Law. As legislators, they can ensure that laws both respect and give effect to Rule of Law values. They can hold Governments to account, scrutinising their proposed laws and policies against Rule of Law standards. And as elected representatives, they bring democratic legitimacy to those Rule of Law standards. In this age of popular disillusion with Rule of Law institutions, it is important to engage parliaments and parliamentarians in discussion about the meaning and importance of the Rule of Law. Our extensive programme of research and activities in this area aims to bring such discussion about the Rule of Law into the heart of the political process.

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