The Rule of Law in International and Comparative Context

Edited by: Robert McCorquodale

If the daunting challenges now facing the world are to be overcome, it must be in important part through the medium of rules, internationally agreed, internationally implemented and, if necessary, internationally enforced. That is what the rule of law requires in the international order. - Lord Bingham (Chapter 1) *** The maintenance and promotion of the rule of law is of fundamental importance for human dignity and the well-being of people everywhere, providing the foundations for good governance, an effective economy, and a fair society. Its relevance extends across a wide range in the affairs of people and states: in laws of armed conflict; in laws outlawing corruption and governing constitutional affairs; in energy and environmental rights; in the respective roles and powers of the various arms of government and agencies at national, regional and international level; in the independence of the judiciary; and in human rights. This book explores some key issues concerning the rule of law in the international and comparative context, clarifying key aspects of the rule of law and applying them to real life examples across the world, including: the impact of business on human rights; anti-competitive practices and the role of European Union bodies; the development of international investment law; the use of comparative law to inform national decision-making; and the effects of international criminal law and practice. The analyses in this book are provided by some of the world's leading lawyers - Yves Fortier, Mary Robinson, Jane Stapleton, Keir Starmer, and Lord Bingham - as well as senior researchers of the British Institute of International and Comparative, as it celebrated 50 years of promoting the rule of law in an international and comparative context.


272 pages

Publication Date: 12/3/2010
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9781905221424