About Us

Independent and politically non-partisan

The Rule of Law Institute of Australia is an independent, politically non-partisan, not-for-profit body formed to uphold the rule of law in Australia. The Institute aims to promote discussion on the importance of the principles which underpin the rule of law. It was founded in 2009 by Robin Speed and Malcolm Stewart.

To celebrate the 800th Anniversary of the Magna Carta, a new education body, Australia’s Magna Carta Institute (now called the Rule of Law Education Centre) was established to educate and promote the Magna Carta and its values and rule of law principles that underpin the Australian legal system.  

The Rule of Law Institute of Australia focuses on rule of law issues in the public arena and engages with the community and government by commenting on Bills before Parliament, writing media articles and reports and providing expert commentary on rule of law issues nationally.

Aims & Objectives

  • To foster the rule of law in Australia
  • To promote good governance in Australia by the rule of law
  • To encourage truth and transparency in Australian Federal and State governments, and government departments and agencies
  • To reduce the complexity, arbitrariness and uncertainty of Australian laws and their administrative application
  • Key areas of focus of The Institute are maintenance of the separation of powers, promoting the scrutiny of Bills before Parliament, restricting the use of retrospective legislation to exceptional circumstances, the presumption of innocence and access to justice, monitoring government regulators and the provision of education resources

Committee Members of the Rule of Law Institute Australia are:

  • Robin Speed, President
  • Malcolm Stewart, Vice President
  • Chris Merritt, Vice President
  • Sally Layson, Treasurer