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At its most basic level, the rule of law is the concept that both the government and citizens know the law and obey it.

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Free Posters for VCTA

by | Nov 26, 2022 | All Posts | 0 Comments

The Rule of Law Education Centre is offering teachers as the VCTA Commview 2022 Conference a free poster pack!! Click on the button to become a member and to sign up...

Checks and Balances Scorecard: Pandemic Legislation

by | Nov 24, 2022 | Commentary | 0 Comments

The Rule of Law Education Centre has developed the Checks and Balances Scorecard to measure the adequacy of oversight mechanisms in emergency laws that manage pandemics such as Covid- 19 (“Pandemic Legislation”).

Professional Development for Teachers

by | Nov 23, 2022 | Education | 0 Comments

Free Professional Development Opportunity for our teacher members The Rule of Law Education Centre is offering our teacher members the opportunity to come and meet with...

Digital Justice in a Pandemic

by | Oct 19, 2022 | All Posts | 0 Comments

During the pandemic, the Courts had to adjust procedures to allow justice to continue even during lockdowns resulting in digital justice. This had disadvantages and advantages with lessons to be learnt

Designs for a Federal ICAC

by | Sep 27, 2022 | All Posts,ICAC | 0 Comments

What Safeguards does a Federal ICAC need?   Designs for the proposed National Integrity Commission Benchmarks that could help you reach your own conclusions when...

Chris Dawson Trial and role of Media

by | Aug 30, 2022 | All Posts | 0 Comments

Chris Dawson's Trial Case Note, Timeline and Relevant ResourcesHow effective is the media as a non-legal measure in achieving justice? Conversely, what are the risks...

Media and Social Media Presentation to LSA

by | Aug 9, 2022 | All Posts | 0 Comments

Presentation to Legal Studies Association on Media and Social Media as a non legal response

ICAC Stats

by | Aug 4, 2022 | ICAC | 0 Comments

How does NSW ICAC measure up?Delayed Justice The legacy of a fair and prompt trial goes back to clause 40 of the Magna Carta which states "To no one will we sell, to no...

New Video Released: Checks and Balances

by | Aug 2, 2022 | All Posts | 0 Comments

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About Us

Rule of Law Education Centre was formed in 2009 and is an independent, politically non-partisan, gift deductible entity formed to uphold the rule of law in Australia. The Centre educates and informs about how the Magna Carta and subsequent rule of law principles have impacted and contributed to the history, culture and legal processes of Australia and to strengthen the rule of law and human rights through education.

Why the rule of law and Magna Carta are relevant today

The rule of law is an idea that all people, including those in power, should be ruled by the law and be willing to live by and obey its expectations. These important ideals come from a period 800 years ago, when King John of England was forced to agree to the terms and conditions of a Great Charter, later to become known as the Magna Carta.

These clauses were based on the expectation that everyone, including the King, would be ruled by the law and abide by it, as well as deliver justice in accordance with the law.

The following principles are fundamental to the rule of law

  • All people are ruled by the law
  • The law is clear, known, and enforced
  • The judicial system is independent and resolves disputes in a fair and
    public manner
  • All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty
  • Checks and balances such as the separation of powers, limit the use of
    government power

Where there is no rule of law, arbitrary rule can take over in the form of authoritarianism or anarchy. Important checks and balances are notably absent under these conditions encouraging corruption and violence, resulting in dangerous and unpredictable societies.

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