Rule of Law

The study identifies different issues which have resulted in a weak fisheries regulatory framework in Bangladesh and how the legal framework governing the Bangladeshi fisheries sector can be reformed. The study submits that a reformed legal framework could play an instrumental role in achieving Sustainable Development Goal 14 in Bangladesh.
The crime and justice statistics collected by the UNODC are an invaluable tool for policy makers, law makers and civil society. Accurate statistics are vital indicators to enable resource planning for interventions. Targets for SDG 16 include 16.1 to reduce all forms of violence and related death rates and 16.4 to combat all forms of organised crime.
The detailed country surveys measure the extent and pattern of corruption across business, population and government administration. These indicators are vital to understanding this complex area and provide invaluable insight at country level. The report and tools on the UNODC web page inform target SDG 16.5 to substantially reduce corruption and bribery in all their forms.
A new criminal corporate offence of failing to prevent facilitation of tax evasion comes into effect on 30 September 2017 in the UK. This development supports SDG 8 Decent work and economic growth and SDG 16 Peace, justice and strong institutions.
Large employers in the UK with a financial year running from April to March should be gearing up to publish their second annual modern slavery statement by the end of September 2017. Modern slavery statements support SDG 8.7 to take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking.
LexisNexis Legal & Professional,

 LexisNexis Australia, 8 August 2017

Justice Chandra (centre), Ana Cobona, Amelia Tukuwasa, Marie Chan, Myfanwy Wallwork
The goal of SDG 16.3, to promote the rule of law at the national and international levels and to ensure equal access to justice for all, relies to a large extent on access to the primary materials. The stability of the legal system of a State is usually assessed by the availability of its laws and their application and LexisNexis is proud to have been chosen as a partner to continue publication of the authorised Fiji Law Reports. Partnership for the goals is key to their success, as envisaged by SDG 17.
This Practice Note covers the main pillars of access to justice in environmental matters in the UK under the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-Making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention). Access to justice and the ability to effectively challenge environmental decisions are key to SDG 16.
To mark US Independence Day 2017, LexisNexis Legal & Professional has released new data for 98 countries indicating that the stronger a country’s rule of law, the greater it performs against measures of life expectancy, civil liberty, and happiness. This helps to demonstrate how SDG 16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions underpins all of the SDGs.
Media has an important role to play in tracking progress towards the SDGs. The Human Rights Around the World and In the Media News Tracker provides a valuable tracking tool to chart the SDGs and their progress across the globe. This tool provides insights that will benefit all of the SDGs and in particular the targets set for SDG 16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.
Terry Jennings speaking at the Wilson Center about the Rule of Law
The role of private enterprise and the rule of law was explored in a series of panel discussions at the Wilson Center in Washington DC on 17 May 2017. A range of expert panelists from across business and academia share their insights and initiatives, including Terry Jennings, Head of Rule of Law Development at LexisNexis Legal & Professional. Furthering the discourse on the rule of law is a vital component of SDG 16.3 to promote the rule of law at the national and international levels and ensure equal access to justice for all.

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