The Rule of Law Institute of Australia is an independent, politically non-partisan, not-for-profit body formed to uphold the rule of law in Australia. The Institute aims to promote discussion on the importance of the principles which underpin the rule of law. It was founded in 2009 and is incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Act 2009 (NSW).

In achieving this the Institute engages with the community and government by commenting on Bills before Parliament, writing media articles and reports, holding an annual conference on current rule of law issues and speaking at conferences.

It also operates education programs and initiatives to provide school and university students with an understanding of the importance of rule of law principles and how they relate to contemporary issues.

Aims and Objectives of The Rule of Law Institute of Australia:

  • To foster the rule of law in Australia
  • To promote good governance in Australia by the rule of law
  • To encourage truth and transparency in Australian Federal and State governments, and government departments and agencies
  • To reduce the complexity, arbitrariness and uncertainty of Australian laws and their administrative application
  • Key areas of focus of The Institute are maintenance of the separation of powers, promoting the scrutiny of Bills before Parliament, restricting the use of retrospective legislation to exceptional circumstances, the presumption of innocence and access to justice, monitoring government regulators and the provision of education resources

Governing Committee of Australia’s Magna Carta Institute

  • John Roskam, President
  • Malcolm Stewart, Vice-President
  • Robin Speed, Founder
  • Sally Layson, Treasurer
  • David Lowy AM 
  • Hugh Morgan AC
  • Emeritus Professor Geoffrey de Q. Walker
  • Former High Court Justice John Dyson Heydon  AC QC


  • Sally Layson, General Manager
  • Jackie Charles, Education Manager
  • Christine Lloyd, Law Day Out Facilitator and Administrator
  • Anna Robinson, Law Day Out Facilitator 
  • Genevieve Longman, Law Day Out Facilitator 
  • Emily Layson, Law Day Out Facilitator
  • Virginia Valiozis, Law Day Out Facilitator
  • Harley Sawalha, Law Day Out Facilitator

Annual Reports

2018 Annual Report

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