The Rule of Law

  

  ALL ARE EQUAL UNDER THE LAW
TRANSPARENCY OF LAW
INDEPENDENT JUDICIARY
ACCESSIBLE LEGAL REMEDY

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THE RULE OF LAW

 

All Are Equal Under the Law

Independent Judiciary

The rule of law provides that the law is supreme over the acts of both government and private persons. There is, in short, one law for all.

Reference re Secession of Quebec, [1998] 2 S.C.R. 217 at para. 71

So long as courts are accessible, independent and their orders are enforced, political rights and civil liberties are sustained. When the courts are inaccessible or constrained by the government and majoritarian forces, political rights and civil liberties decline.

Transparency under the law

Accessible legal remedies

The law must be accessible and so far as possible intelligible, clear and predictable.

Lord Bingham of Cornhill, The Rule of Law (Penguin, 2010)

ubi jus, ibi remedium: where there is a right, there must be a remedy.

Rule of Law Defined

The ‘rule of law’ … refers to a principle of governance in which all persons, institutions and entities, public and private … are accountable to laws that are publicly promulgated, equally enforced and independently adjudicated, and which are consistent with international human rights norms and standards.

United Nations Security Council, “The rule of law and transitional justice in conflict and post-conflict societies”, S/2004/616 at para. 6

The rule of law vouchsafes to the citizens and residents of the country a stable, predictable and ordered society in which to conduct their affairs. It provides a shield for individuals from arbitrary state action.

Our Rule of Law Partners:


Innocence Canada’s mandate is to identify, advocate for, and exonerate individuals who have been convicted of a crime they did not commit and to prevent wrongful convictions through legal education and reform.



The equality effect works to create change that will improve the lives of women and girls, and reduce the discrimination that currently restricts their freedom and prosperity. We use strategic equality initiatives to achieve concrete change and the meaningful empowerment of women and girls.