Understandings of the Rule of Law in various Legal Orders of the World


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Welcome to the Rule-of-Law-Wiki!

This WIKI presents different understandings of the "rule of law" and their specific normative implications in various legal systems of the world. We ask authors from different parts of the world to compose brief Country Reports that can illustrate the specific understanding of the Rule of Law in their country in reference to the particular legal and constitutional discourse. The reports will be complemented by comparative analyses on the Rule of Law within different (legal-) cultural contexts (Analyses & Comparison).

We invite everybody to participate in the further development of this WIKI! Interested readers may
1) contribute new texts to this page and
2) comment on all the existing texts.

This WIKI is hosted by Prof. Folke Schuppert's research project on Rule of Law and Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood as part of the research cluster SFB 700 "Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood: New Modes of Governance?" at Freie Universitaet Berlin.

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Previous Work done by others:

Rule of Law @ Wikipedia

UN Rule of Law Coordination and Resource Group

Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung 2009: "Demokratie- und Rechtsstaatsförderung in der Entwicklungszusammenarbeit. Einschätzungen aus den Empfängerländern in Afrika, Asien, Lateinamerika und Südosteuropa"

A profound study on the specific history and understanding of Democracy and the Rule of Law in nine different countries composed by Rainer Grote from Max-Planck-Institute for International Public Law, Heidelberg


For further research on and comparison of the Rule of Law see also:

the WZB Rule of Law Center and

the Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law (HiiL)

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