For the rule of law to be effective, there must be equality under the law, transparency of law, an independent judiciary and access to legal remedy. Yet about 57% of the world's population lives outside the shelter of the law. This presentation and training video demonstrates how advancement of the rule of law benefits economic prosperity and advancement of society and what role businesses and lawyers can play to advance SDG 16.3 to promote the rule of law at the national and international levels and ensure equal access to justice for all.
24 May 2016
LexisNexis Legal & Professional has created a rule of law impact tracker using a range of data sets. The rule of law impact tracker is an interactive tool which quantifies the relationship between the rule of law and social and economic development. The rule of law plays a vital part in underpinning all of the SDGs and in particular the targets of SDG 16 to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.
the International Bar Association with support from LexisNexis Legal & Professional, June 2015
LexisNexis Legal & Professional partnered with the International Bar Association to launch eyeWitness to Atrocities, an Android mobile phone app that allows users to report human rights atrocities. The free app enables citizens to contribute to bringing perpetrators to account for crimes against humanity and therefore contributes directly towards the advancement of SDG target 16.3 to promote the rule of law at the national and international levels and ensure equal access to justice for all.
World Development, February 2015, Pages 707 - 718
Are NGOs able to meet long-term transformative goals in their work for development and social justice? Given their weak roots in civil society and the rising tide of technocracy that has swept through the world of foreign aid, most NGOs remain poorly placed to influence the drivers of social change. By applying their knowledge of local contexts to strengthen their roles in empowerment and social transformation, they have the ability to advance SDG target 16.7 to ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels.
This detailed global study provides invaluable insight into the worst of crimes. It provides data points on the impact on victims and highlights the consequences for wider communities when justice is not served. The report and tools on the UNODC web page include key indicators which inform target SDG 16.1 is to significantly reduce all forms of violence and related death rates everywhere.