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The Rule of Law Monitoring of Legislation Project

The Rule of Law Monitoring of Legislation Project - which has recently resumed - systematically monitors UK Government Bills to identify any which may have significant implications for the Rule of Law. We carry out a detailed Rule of Law analysis of any provisions with significant Rule of Law implications, scrutinising those provisions against Lord Bingham's eight Rule of Law Principles and against internationally recognised Rule of Law standards such as those in the Venice Commission's Rule of Law Checklist.

We make our Rule of Law analysis available to both Houses of Parliament to assist them with their Rule of Law scrutiny of legislation. Where legislation can be improved from a Rule of Law perspective, we make constructive recommendations of amendments. The project occasionally also reports on secondary legislation which has significant Rule of Law implications.

The Rule of Law Monitoring of Legislation Project was  generously supported during 2020-2022 by the David and Elaine Potter Foundation, the AB Charitable Trust, the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust and the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust. The latest phase of the project is funded by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust.

Reports and Blog Posts

Litigation Funding Agreements (Enforceability) Bill 

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill   

Northern Ireland Protocol Bill:

Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Bill:

Judicial Review and Courts Bill: 

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022:

Nationality and Borders Act 2022:

Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Act 2021:

Environment Act 2021: 

Counter Terrorism and Sentencing Act 2021: 

Coronavirus legislation (primary and secondary):

Terrorist Offenders (Restriction of Early Release) Act 2020:

United Kingdom Internal Market Act 2020:

Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Act 2020:

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