The rule of law is a cornerstone of a democratic society, in which government officials and individuals are accountable under the law. It can include the lack of corruption in government institutions, an engaged public and laws that are applied equally to all. Since the end of the Cold War, rule of law has become a panacea through which policymakers assert developing countries can achieve democracy, security and stability, respect for human rights, economic growth, orderly dispute resolution and the ability to counter corruption.
However, the record of achievement of many international development programs has fallen far short of these expectations. While rule of law maintains stability in some countries, it fails to create it in others. What is the reason for this disparity? Is the definition of rule of law part of the problem? Is there something inherently elusive in the achievement of rule of law? What is the relationship between regime-type and achievement of the rule of law? What is the relationship between economic development and rule of law? Jensen will discuss these questions and suggest ways to pursue building the rule of law more effectively.
SPEAKER: Erik G. Jensen
Professor of the Practice of Law and Director, Rule of Law Program, Stanford Law School