The Institute employs three teachers to produce educational resources and run programs for students and the community about the rule of law.

They frequently run workshops in schools and universities on a variety of topics of interest for students studying legal studies or legal issues in social science subjects. See the list of topics we speak about below.

Get in touch with our Educators to book a visit.

The Rule of Law Institute of Australia is an independent, politically non-partisan, not-for-profit organisation which promotes discussion of the rule of law in Australia. It supports principles such as access to justice, the presumption of innocence, fair trials as well as accountability and transparency in government. We provide education workshops for teachers, students and community groups on current legal issues and the rule of law in Australia.

Rule of Law Topic Areas

Digital copies of the resource booklets for the topics below can be found on our case studies page.

Racial Discrimination, Access to Justice and the Rule of Law

Provides background information on the development of legal responses to racial discrimination and explores the legal and non-legal perspectives on the High Court’s decision in Maloney v the Queen [2013] HCA 28, and the principle of access to justice.

Access to Justice and the Rule of Law

Highlights three case studies that assist in the understanding of the breadth of access to justice issues.

Free Speech and the Right to Assemble

Provides information and case studies on recent High Court decisions on the implied freedom of political communication in the Australian Constitution and an explanation of legal processes for holding a lawful assembly.

Legal Responses to Criminal Organisations in NSW and QLD

Explores New South Wales and Queensland law reform to deal with organised crime and outlaw motorcycle gangs. The use of anti-association laws and mandatory sentences, as well as the separation of powers and independence of the judiciary are key features of this case study.

Magna Carta, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law

The Magna Carta is a founding document for the rule of law and contains many ideas that are now recognised as human rights. How has recognition of the ideas in the Magna Carta such as equality before the law, fairness and freedom from tyranny developed since 1215?

Metadata and the Presumption of Innocence

Highlights the relationship between the presumption of innocence, the rule of law, and new legislation requiring the mandatory retention of metadata.