The Rule of Law is Under Threat

July 24, 2017

On both sides of the Atlantic, from Washington to Warsaw, the rule of law is being challenged. Former Irish Prime Minister John Bruton explains. The fact that the president of the United States has suggested that he might use his power to grant presidential pardons to shield himself and his...

6 Magna Carta Myths Explained

June 15, 2015

Our shared perception of Magna Carta owes more to events in the 17th and 18th centuries than the 13th. English history is full of myths. That shouldn’t surprise us, because a large part of modern English national identity is based on what we collectively believe happened in the past, rather...

Crime But No Punishment in Indian Elections

February 20, 2014

Lifting the veil of Indian politics often reveals corruption. Elections in India are known as a one-of-a-kind festival of democracy, replete with colorful pageantry, flamboyant personalities, and very large numbers. The size of the country’s electorate when India heads to the polls for...

Pakistan’s Struggle for an Independent Judiciary

September 21, 2013

Pakistan’s judiciary has undergone an enormous transformation in its recent history.  The principle of rule of law constitutes the very basic substance of democracy. The rule of law involves the supremacy of the constitution, equality before law, and civil liberties. Pakistan’s...

Laos: Silencing Civil Society

February 04, 2013

The abduction of the highly respected community leader Sombath Somphone sheds light on the challenges Lao society has to face. Though usually depicted as a country filled with wild nature populated by people with an outstanding laissez-faire mentality, discourse regarding Laos has shifted these...