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Cornell Law School LII
Authoritative open access resources on international law provided by Cornell Law School.

Electronic Information System for International Law(e-ISIL)
Contains primary documents, authoritative websites, and research guides on all aspects of international law.

International Network to Promote the Rule of Law
Online community of practice

International Rule of Law Directory
Database of organizations working on the rule of law.

International Rule of Law – LexisNexis International & Foreign Law Community
News and resources about the rule of law provided by LexisNexis.

Transparency International
Global movement combating corruption. Site includes publications and toolkits for practitioners.

WJP Rule of Law Index
An assessment tool created by the World Justice Project which measures the extent to which countries adhere to the rule of law.

Select Articles and Working Papers

Carothers, Thomas. 1998. “The Rule of Law Revival”. Foreign Affairs. 77 (2): 95.

Diamond, Larry Jay. 2008. “The Rule of Law versus the Big Man”. Journal of Democracy. 19 (2): 138-149.

Fukuyama, Francis. 2010. “Transitions to the Rule of Law”. Journal of Democracy. 21 (1): 33-44.

Goldston, James A. 2009. “The Rule of Law at Home and Abroad”. Hague Journal on the Rule of Law. 1 (01).

Haggard, S., A. MacIntyre, and L. Tiede. 2008. “The Rule of Law and Economic Development”. Annual Review of Political Science. 11: 205-234.

Mooney, L., M. Schonteich, J. Windsor, and C. Rausch. 2010. “Promoting the Rule of Law Abroad: A Conversation on its Evolution, Setbacks, and Future Challenges”. International Lawyer. 44 (2): 837-856.

O’Donnell, Guillermo A. 2004. “Why the Rule of Law Matters”. Journal of Democracy. 15 (4): 32-46.

O’Donnell, Guillermo A. 2000. “The Judiciary and the Rule of Law”. Journal of Democracy. 11 (1): 25.

Select Books and Reports

Brown, Nathan J. 1997. The rule of law in the Arab world: courts in Egypt and the Gulf. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Carothers, Thomas. 2006. Promoting the rule of law abroad: in search of knowledge. Washington, D.C.: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Czarnota, Adam W., Martin Krygier, and Wojciech Sadurski. 2005. Rethinking the rule of law after communism. Budapest: Central European University Press.

Dorsen, Norman, and Prosser Gifford. 2001. Democracy and the rule of law. Washington, D.C.: CQ Press.

Fukuyama, Francis. 2011. The origins of political order: from prehuman times to the French Revolution. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Golub, Stephen. 2003. Beyond rule of law orthodoxy: the legal empowerment alternative. Washington, D.C.: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Habermas, Jürgen. 1996. Between facts and norms: contributions to a discourse theory of law and democracy. Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press.

Hendley, Kathryn. 1996. Trying to make law matter: legal reform and labor law in the Soviet Union. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

Hurwitz, Agnès G., and Reyko Huang. 2008. Civil war and the rule of law: security, development, human rights. Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers.

Isser, Deborah. 2011. Customary justice and the rule of law in war-torn societies. Washington, D.C.: United States Institute of Peace Press.

Jensen, Erik G., and Thomas C. Heller. 2003. Beyond common knowledge: empirical approaches to the rule of law. Stanford, Calif: Stanford University Press.

Magen, Amichai A., and Leonardo Morlino. 2009. International actors, democratization and the rule of law: anchoring democracy? New York: Routledge.

Magen, Amichai A., Thomas Risse-Kappen, and Michael McFaul. 2009. Promoting democracy and the rule of law: American and European strategies. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Méndez, Juan E., Guillermo A. O’Donnell, and Paulo Sérgio de M. S. Pinheiro. 1999. The (un)rule of law and the underprivileged in Latin America. Notre Dame, Ind: University of Notre Dame Press.

Peerenboom, R. P. 2010. Judicial independence in China: lessons for global rule of law promotion. Cambridge [U.K.]: Cambridge University Press.

Peerenboom, R. P. 2004. Asian discourses of rule of law: theories and implementation of rule of law in twelve Asian countries, France, and the U.S.. London: Routledge.

Peruzzotti, Enrique, and Catalina Smulovitz. 2006. Enforcing the rule of law: social accountability in the new Latin American democracies. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press.

Przeworski, Adam, and José María Maravall. 2003. Democracy and the rule of law. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Tamanaha, Brian Z. 2004. On the rule of law: history, politics, theory. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Transparency International.  2007. Global Corruption Report : Corruption and Judicial Systems. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Ungar, Mark. 2002. Elusive reform: democracy and the rule of law in Latin America. Boulder: L. Rienner Publishers.

United States. 2008. Guide to rule of law country analysis the rule of law strategic framework : a guide for USAID Democracy and Governance Officers. [Washington, D.C.]: USAID.

United States. 2005. Rebuilding the rule of law in post-conflict environments. [Washington, D.C.]: USAID.

Widner, Jennifer A. 2001. Building the rule of law. New York: W.W. Norton.