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Rule of Law Research: Home

This guide offers starting points for research into rule of law initiatives and the organizations responsible for them.


Gabriela Femenia
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Researching Rule of Law

Researching rule of law initiatives and conditions can be challenging due to the interdisciplinary nature of the topic, combining law, international relations, area studies, and the full range of social sciences. 

Relevant materials are wide-ranging, from evidence of governmental and intergovernmental actions, to “soft law” such as United Nations resolutions and nongovernmental organization reports, to statistical surveys and news accounts.  Documents can be voluminous and poorly organized, and may be issued by many different organizations around the world, some with insufficient recordkeeping and reporting mechanisms due to post-conflict and transitional conditions. 

The resources listed in this guide are good places to start your research.  For personalized guidance on your rule of law research, please make an appointment with Gabriela Femenia, Foreign and International Law Librarian.

Introductory Materials

The following are a few examples of titles in Biddle Law Library providing introductions to rule of law theory and practice.  Many more can be found by searching Biddle's LOLA or Van Pelt's Franklin catalogs using "rule of law" as a subject heading.