More now than ever, there is a consensus around the ideal of the rule of law and the centrality of its contribution to the development of democratic, prosperous, peaceful, and secure societies. The mandate entrusted by the international community to the rule of law is extraordinarily wide and keeps...
More now than ever, there is a consensus around the ideal of the rule of law and the centrality of its contribution to the development of democratic, prosperous, peaceful, and secure societies. The mandate entrusted by the international community to the rule of law is extraordinarily wide and keeps growing. The expansion and complexity of forces challenging the rule of law at the global and national levels speak of a constantly growing mandate. Trafficking in persons, devastating wars, organized crime, violations of minority and human rights, wars and conflict, poverty and hunger, the intersections between justice and security, access to land, crimes against the environment and sustainable development, gender-based violence, health and HIV, law-related market promotion, and lack of economic development and opportunities are among some of those growing forces that challenge the rule of law and democratic governance of societies.
This book explores many facets of this mandate, offering an introduction to the subject for those contemplating a career move and food for thought to seasoned practitioners of the art of promoting the rule of law. Indeed, given the increasing scope and complexity of rule of law related initiatives around the world, the subject is of growing interest to many lawyers working in public and private international law. Moreover, a wide range of professionals involved in the fields of economic and sustainable development, democracy, peace, governance, gender and social inclusion may benefit from these insights. As it does so, this book also addresses the meaning or, rather, the various meanings of rule of law.
The twelve chapters and three appendices in this book offer a broad array of perspectives on the promotion of the rule of law in today's world. Some of the authors are themselves practitioners, and their contributions offer revealing perspectives on the challenges and opportunities encountered in the field. Other contributors are members of the academic community that seeks to give practitioners the conceptual tools with which to work effectively in developing countries and societies trying to recover from conflict. Whatever their backgrounds, all the authors seek to get to the heart of how to make efforts to promote the rule of law more effective, more responsive, more inclusive, more coordinated, more humane, and more enduring.