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Citizenship and the Rule of Law

University of London

Embark on a thought-provoking journey to understand the complex interplay between citizenship and the Rule of Law with the "Citizenship and the Rule of Law" course. Delivered by the esteemed Bingham Centre of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, this 6-week program offers a deep dive into the critical issues surrounding the Rule of Law and its implications in contemporary society.

  • Engage with historical perspectives on the Rule of Law, from Aristotle to modern-day interpretations, and grasp the fundamental principles that underpin it.
  • Explore the role of independent judges in upholding the Rule of Law, delving into the importance of their tenure, appointment, and the expectations placed upon them.
  • Examine the concept of equality before the law, analyzing practical applications, landmark cases, and issues related to equality in various jurisdictions.
  • Uncover the barriers to accessing justice and the evolving landscape of legal empowerment, alternative dispute resolution, and the impact of technology on the Rule of Law.
  • Investigate the international dimensions of the Rule of Law, including the sources of international law, human rights frameworks, and the complexities of upholding the Rule of Law on a global scale.
  • Delve into the intersection of business, human rights, and the Rule of Law, exploring recent legal developments, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and the challenges within global supply chains.

By leveraging video lectures, recommended readings, and interactive activities, this course equips participants with the critical thinking skills needed to engage with and apply Rule of Law principles in everyday life. Whether you're a legal enthusiast or a newcomer to the field, this course offers a comprehensive exploration of the Rule of Law's far-reaching influence.

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Course Modules

Dive into a comprehensive exploration of the Rule of Law through 6 engaging modules. From historical foundations to global implications, each module offers unique insights into the critical aspects of citizenship and the Rule of Law.

A Potted History of the Rule of Law

Uncover the historical evolution of the Rule of Law, from the contributions of Aristotle and Montesquieu to modern interpretations by influential figures such as A.V. Dicey and Lord Bingham. Gain critical insights into the core principles and expectations of the Rule of Law, paving the way for a comprehensive understanding of its significance in contemporary society.

Judges: Independence, Tenure and Appointment

Explore the pivotal role of independent judges in upholding the Rule of Law, delving into the nuances of their tenure, appointment, and the expectations placed upon them. Understand the importance of judicial independence and its impact on the Rule of Law, fostering a deeper appreciation for the essential role of the judiciary in maintaining a just and fair society.

What does it mean to be equal before the law?

Delve into the concept of equality before the law, examining practical applications, landmark cases, and issues related to equality in diverse jurisdictions. Gain a nuanced understanding of the complexities surrounding equality and its pivotal role in upholding the Rule of Law, paving the way for informed discussions and critical analysis of this fundamental principle.

Access to Justice

Uncover the barriers to accessing justice and the evolving landscape of legal empowerment, alternative dispute resolution, and the impact of technology on the Rule of Law. Gain insights into the challenges and opportunities presented by the changing dynamics of access to justice, equipping you with a holistic understanding of the contemporary legal landscape.

An International Rule of Law

Investigate the international dimensions of the Rule of Law, including the sources of international law, human rights frameworks, and the complexities of upholding the Rule of Law on a global scale. Delve into the multifaceted nature of international law and human rights, gaining a comprehensive understanding of the challenges and opportunities presented by the global application of the Rule of Law.

Business, Human Rights and the Rule of Law

Explore the intersection of business, human rights, and the Rule of Law, probing recent legal developments, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and the challenges within global supply chains. Gain critical insights into the complexities of balancing business interests with human rights and the Rule of Law, fostering a comprehensive understanding of the contemporary legal and ethical challenges.

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