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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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Anniversary of NSW Supreme Court

by | May 15, 2024 | All Posts,Australian Colonies | 0 Comments

Celebrate NSW Supreme Court and learn about first Chief Justice Forbes and his conflict with Governor.

2024 Rule of Law Lecture Sofronoff

by | May 15, 2024 | All Posts | 0 Comments

This lecture is named in honour of the founder of Speed and Stracey Lawyers and the Rule of Law Education Centre, Robin Speed OAM, who passed away in February 2023. The Robin Speed Memorial Lecture will be held annually to coincide with the anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta on 15 June

Human Rights Videos with Lorraine Finlay

by | Apr 25, 2024 | Education,Human Rights | 0 Comments

Human Rights Videos Release of new videos chatting to Lorraine Finlay, Australian Human Rights Commissioner  The team at the Rule of Law Education Centre are...

Lehrmann Defamation Case

by | Apr 22, 2024 | Civil,Commentary | 0 Comments

The lion’s den The strange phenomenon of self-defeating defamation cases  Article by Professor Katy Barnett, Professor at Melbourne Law School First Published on...

Juggling Competing Needs Justice System

by | Mar 26, 2024 | Education,Human Rights | 0 Comments

NSW Legal Studies Association Conference  27 March 2024Click here for Human Rights PosterClick here for presentation slidesClick here to sign up for the webinar on 1...

Keli Lane Case note

by | Mar 22, 2024 | All Posts | 0 Comments

What was the law behind the Keli Lane Case? What did the evidence say? What was the role of the judge and jury? Why didn’t Keli Lane speak about Tegan? Why did the appeal fail? Read our case note to understand more

NSW History Draft v2 Feedback

by | Feb 29, 2024 | All Posts,Democracy,Education | 0 Comments

The second draft of the NSW History Curriculum released in February 2024 has some civics content but more is needed, especially in relation to the basics of law and government for NSW students to be informed and active citizensh

Protector of the Rule of Law Award 2023

by | Jan 25, 2024 | All Posts,Court Excursion,Democracy,Education | 0 Comments

The Rule of Law Education Centre is delighted to announce that the Rule of Law Education Centre’s Protector of the Law Award will be presented to: Deputy Chief...

NESA draft History 7-10 Syllabus – What is missing?

by | Dec 22, 2023 | Education | 0 Comments

The draft syllabus is supposedly aligned to the F–10 Australian Curriculum (version 9.0).
Really? Where is the Civics and Citizenship 7-10 curriculum? Its presence is clearly stated in the Australian Curriculum, but omitted from NESA 7-10 syllabuses. Why? When democracies around the world are experiencing backsliding and the rise of extremism the need for active and informed citizens is clearly evident.

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.

The Rule of Law Education Centre and our sister organisation, the Rule of Law Institute of Australia do not take an institutional position on the upcoming referendum on the Voice to Parliament beyond a consideration of relevant principles of the Rule of Law.  We are, of necessity, apolitical. In order to remain effective advocates for the rule of law, we must remain free to criticise both sides of politics when, in our assessment, they threaten the principles of the rule of law.

Unlike some companies and sporting clubs, it is not our role to tell you how to vote. It is our role to outline the principles of the rule of law, explain why they are important and then leave it to people to make up their own minds. 

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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