Rule of law



Judges and lawyers rally in defence of High Court judge

Ireland's judiciary and legal professions have rallied in defence of a High Court judge who was singled out for criticism by a TD after striking down a law setting minimum pay and conditions for workers in certain sectors.

Published 26 June 2020

Ireland raises rule of law concerns among coronavirus responses

A joint statement issued by Ireland and 13 other European countries has raised concern about "the risk of violations of the principles of rule of law, democracy and fundamental rights" in responses to the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 2 April 2020

Thailand: Judge recovering after courtroom suicide bid over alleged interference in murder case

A Thai judge is recovering after shooting himself in an apparent suicide bid at the end of court proceedings in which he sharply criticised alleged interference with the judicial process.

Published 7 October 2019

Murder of Dutch lawyer condemned as 'unacceptable attack on the legal profession'

The murder of Dutch lawyer Derk Wiersum has been condemned as "an unacceptable attack on the legal profession" by the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE).

Published 19 September 2019

Poland: Judges allegedly masterminded abusive postcards to Supreme Court president

Abusive postcards sent to the president of the Supreme Court of Poland last year were allegedly masterminded by judicial colleagues who supported the country's controversial judicial reforms.

Published 26 August 2019

Professor R. Daniel Kelemen: New leaders and old problems – Brexit and the rule of law crisis

Professor R. Daniel Kelemen, professor of political science and law and Jean Monnet chair in European Union politics at Rutgers University, writes on the change of leadership in the UK and the EU.

Published 31 July 2019

Newly-elected European Commission president backs new rule of law mechanism

The newly-elected European Commission president, Ursula von der Leyen, has backed the introduction of a new EU-wide mechanism to guarantee the rule of law.

Published 17 July 2019

Lord Neuberger warns further justice system cuts will lead to 'breakdown of the rule of law'

Lord Neuberger has warned that further cuts in the justice system will lead to a “breakdown of the rule of law”, The Times reports.

Published 23 May 2019