At its most basic level, the rule of law is the concept that both the government and citizens know the law and obey it.
Shoutout to NSW State Archives for providing us with a copy of the original transcript for the first Civil Case in NSW between a poor convict couple and a powerful ships captain over a parcel of goods lost on the First Fleet.
Confused by some of the contradictory claims on the yes no pamphlet? one of our paralegals looked at the legal basis of yes and no cases
Discussion on the legal realities of the Voice, featuring two legal experts, Professor Greg Williams on NO side of the voice debate, and Chris Merritt on the YES side. The Debate can be found at https://youtu.be/AULx4WKDkPY. This document outlines the points made by both experts during the debate.
NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) submission regarding the draft syllabus for the proposed History Curriculum NSW Stages 1-5.
What is the purpose of the Constitution and what are the key features of Government outlined in it? including separation of powers and division of powers. How will the Voice to Parliament impact the Constitution? What are both sides of the YES and NO argument
The Voice Reerendum: Arguments for Voting No on First Nations Voice to Parliament at Referendum. The Case for No on the Indigenous Voice to Parliament and the pros and cons, with both sides of argument of a Voice to parliament and why we should vote no
The education system is not preparing Australians to be well equipped to make an informed decision in a referendum.
Defamation Allegations of Murder and War Crimes The paper includes a discussion of details of findings of alleged war crimes. This content is disturbing, so teachers...
Presentation to the NSW Legal Studies Association Conference 2023 on Defamation, Law Reform and Social Media
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.
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
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.