In the multi-disciplinary research programme Resilient Rule of Law, lawyers, economists and governance scholars work together to grasp the effects of a changing society on the functioning of the rule of law and legal institutions. Do citizens experience the rule of law to work on their behalf? What are the effects of societal changes and challenges on the acceptance and functioning of the rule of law? Must the rule of law be made more resilient, and how can this be done?
Technological innovations, mass migration, radicalism and terrorism, and climate change are societal challenges that potentially put pressure on the rule of law. The legitimacy of government on different levels is challenged. Governments struggle to find adequate solutions for complex societal issues, solutions that sometimes can conflict with the prerequisites of the rule of law. The rule of law is however often seen as formal and bureaucratic. Also, governments have to reckon with the growing influence of global private parties and the market. They struggle increasingly to guarantee level playing fields and basic human rights.
Within the research theme, these questions are studied in three different domains:
- Responsive governance and forms of government
- Corporate rule of law responsibility
- Responsive governance and procedural justice
The general coordinator of the Resilient Rule of Law research programme is Prof Eddy Bauw.