Rule of Law Town Hall
Constitution Day Rule of Law Town Hall
The CEELI Institute is happy to announce that our Chairman and Founder Homer Moyer will moderate a Rule of Law Town Hall debate, organized by the International Bar Association and the Sandra Day O’Connor Institute on Constitution Day, Tuesday, September 17, 2019.
The event will take place at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law (111 E. Taylor Street, Phoenix, AZ). Registration and Reception starts at 5pm, the Town Hall program at 6pm.
A video recording of the debate will be available online immediately after the event.
Editor-in-Chief, USA Today, former Editor, Arizona Republic
US Senator from Arizona (1995–2013; 2018)
Professor Emeritus, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
Chief Justice, Arizona Supreme Court (retired)
Homer Moyer, moderator
Past Chair, IBA Rule of Law Forum
Welcome by Horacio Bernardes Neto
President, International Bar Association
The first of a series of public, non-partisan Town Hall conversations across America about the meaning, implications, responsibilities, benefits, and economic significance of the rule of law and the principles it embodies.
PUBLIC WELCOME. NO ADMISSION CHARGE.
Core Principles of the Rule of Law
The definition of the term “rule of law” varies in scope and detail, but the following core principles appear in some form in most definitions:
1. Powers of government are limited: The powers exercised by government are limited and often separated among different branches to avoid concentration of power. The government and government officials are not above the law and are bound by its terms.
2. The judiciary is independent and impartial: Courts and judges are independent and free from political or other outside pressures. Judges are individually independent, fair-minded, and incorruptible. All persons are treated equally before the court.
3. Laws are adopted openly and are accessible to the public: The process of developing and enacting laws is open and transparent. The laws themselves are clear, predictable, publicly available, and readily accessible.
4. The laws protect fundamental individual and human rights: The laws protect basic individual rights and freedoms. They are written, enforced, and applied in an even-handed, non-discriminatory manner such that all persons are treated equally before the law.
5. Freedom of the press is guaranteed: As noted in the First Amendment of the Constitution, the press and media are independent and free to responsibly inform the public on the actions of its government and governmental representatives is protected and respected.
6. The law ensures order and security: Consistent with the foregoing, the law provides order and security. Laws are respected and honored, ensure the safety of the people, and are administered, enforced, and interpreted in a fair and even-handed manner.
These principles – which are drawn from more than a dozen public definitions of “the rule of law” – have traditionally been regarded as fundamental national ground rules, values, and aspirations, as embedded in the U.S. Constitution.