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What is the Rule of Law?

The rule of law is a set of principles, or ideals, for ensuring an orderly and just society. Many countries throughout the world strive to uphold the rule of law where no one is above the law, everyone is treated equally under the law, everyone is held accountable to the same laws, there are clear and fair processes for enforcing laws, there is an independent judiciary, and human rights are guaranteed for all.


We the people – individuals, institutions, and governments – all play a role in maintaining the rule of law. The ABA stands for the rule of law. Stand with us, #RuleofLaw

Rule of Law Around the World

Rule of Law Initiative (ROLI)

The mission of the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative is to promote justice, economic opportunity and human dignity through the rule of law. Learn how the ABA is advancing the rule of law around the world through the Rule of Law Initiative (ROLI).

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