The Four Universal Principles
  1. Accountability - The government and private actors are accountable under the law
  2. Just Law - The law is clear, publicized, and stable and is applied evenly
  3. Open Government - The processes by which the law is adopted, administered, adjudicated, and enforced are accessible, fair, and efficient
  4. Accessible and Impartial Justice - Justice is delivered timely by competent, ethical, and independent representatives and neutrals

The four universal principles constitute a working definition of the rule of law. These were developed in accordance to internationally accepted standards and norms.

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What is the Rule of Law?

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World Justice Project Rule of Law Index

The four universal principles were further developed in the below factors:

  1. Constraints on Government Powers
  2. Absence of Corruption
  3. Open Government
  4. Fundamental Rights
  5. Order and Security
  6. Regulatory Enforcement
  7. Civil Justice; and
  8. Criminal Justice

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How the Rule of Law Matters

The rule of law affects us all regardless of where we are or where we live. It is the foundation for communities of justice, opportunity, and peace -- underpinning development, acountable governments, and respect for fundamental rights.

The rule of law correlates to higher economic growth, greater peace, less inequality, improved health outcomes, and better education.

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