The Rule of Law Standard is a unique tool.
It’s objective is to measure actual performance of law and rule-makers against the requirements of fundamental principles that facilitate the emergence of the rule of law.
The Standard is the first standard of its kind. And as a measure of the rule of law it is unique because it focuses on defining the rule of law from a CAUSAL perspective rather than the perspective of the day, which is a correlative one. All other measures of the rule of law measure, on reflection, focus on measuring the effects of the rule of law, not indices of its cause.
You can learn more about general and particular thinking behind the development of the Rule of Law Standard see HERE.
For how the Rule of Law Standard relates to you, read on.
The Rule of Law Standard and you
Offer to assisting in its development: The rule of law concept is a strange one, that is universally proclaimed but little understood, and which when put into practice, has little or no impact on securing the world it is thought to deliver.
If you have involvement in or concern in that space, you may want to assisting in the development of the Rule of Law Standard.
Thus far, the Rule of Law Standard has been developed through, and applied, to the making and application of South African primary and subordinate legislation, and at this stage has undergone extensive embryonic qualitative and substantive validation, and its efficacy as a predictive and corrective tool in relation to the rule of law is constantly being modeled and tested in the world with real data, of which there is no shortage in South Africa today.
But of course, South Africa is not the only sandpit to serve its evolution, and the Standard is moreover still in development, as Standards always are.
Part of the development of the Rule of Law Standard is offering it for adoption and testing, in other arenae by others who frame the rule of law from a different perspective, and the incorporation of the results of that wider development and application can hone the Standard to further achieve its objectives – which are, the institution and maintenance of the rule of law.
If you are involved in the field, or would like to be part of the development of a Rule of Law Standard, let us know. If you would like to be more involved in rule of law related research and application, let us know. If you would like to critique its presumption
Using the Rule of Law Standard’s Legislation Database: The Rule of Law Standard’s legislation database has been uniquely developed and organized specifically to allow for rule of law audits on legislation and actions taken in terms of that legislation, no matter the theoretical bent of the user.
It contains an index of and links to original copy of South African national and provincial legislation 1994 to date, and our .html versions of that legislation, as amended to date, annotated with information about amendments and commencement dates, about Gazette notices of administrative action taken in terms of that legislation, 2008 on, and to our Commentaries on Rule of Law Standard audits to that legislation and those administrative actions.
Besides all that, we promise, using the Rule of Law Standard Database is the fastest way to get around South African primary and subordinate legislation, and what’s being done in terms of that legislation, that there is.
Adopting the Rule of Law Standard:
The whole point of a Standard is that it be adopted and if you would like to follow this avenue you’re welcome to contact us.
Adoption of the Standard or any subcategory of the Standard is of course voluntary, and if you are interested in discovering how it may be utilized in your field of business or practice, you are welcome to contact us
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