Rule of law: A guide for politicians

R. Janse, Hans Corell

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    Abstract

    The purpose of this Guide is to provide an orientation for politicians
    regarding the basic elements of the rule of law.
    The Guide was inspired by discussions within the InterAction Council of
    Former Heads of State and Government. The process of preparing the
    material was initiated and supervised by the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of
    Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at Lund University, Sweden, and the
    Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law (HiiL), the Netherlands.
    The first draft of the Guide was authored by Dr Ronald Janse, head, rule
    of law programme, at HiiL, during the Henry G. Schermers Fellowship at
    the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social
    Sciences. Further work was then performed within the two supervisory
    Institutes. The material was then reviewed by members of the InterAction
    Council and representatives of the Inter-Parliamentary Union. Valuable
    comments were also received from individual experts. The final review
    was made by Dr Hans Corell, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the
    Raoul Wallenberg Institute and former Legal Counsel of the United
    Nations.
    A lodestar in the preparation of the Guide has been that it should be as
    short as possible so that it could be read by busy politicians at various
    levels. But it should also be useful to other decision-makers and policymakers and to journalists and others who need to orient themselves in the
    topic. The Guide should also be easy to translate and publish in different
    languages. This is also the reason why there are no graphical illustrations
    or pictures in the Guide.
    The original language of the Guide is English. However, the Guide may be
    translated into other languages with the permission of the Institutes,
    provided the present Foreword is included and that the translation is a
    true representation of the text. The original is available on the websites of
    the supervisory Institutes, where translations will also be published.
    Original languageEnglish
    Commissioning bodyRaoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
    Number of pages41
    ISBN (Electronic)91-86910-99-X
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

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