A key objective of the Law Council of Australia is the maintenance and promotion of the rule of law. For that reason, the Law Council often provides analysis of federal legislation and federal executive action based on its compliance with so-called "rule of law principles".
In March 2011, the Law Council's Directors approved a Policy Statement on Rule of Law Principles. This document seeks to articulate some of those key principles. It is intended to act as a guide to the framework often employed by the Law Council and its committees in evaluating the merits of government legislation, policy and practice.
This statement is not intended to offer a comprehensive definition of the "rule of law" but focuses on the most basic tenets of the rule of law - and those which are most often invoked in Law Council submissions and advocacy.
These principles are used in a wide variety of Law Council submissions and advocacy work.