The Rule of Law Monitoring Mechanism (RoLMM) is an inter-disciplinary initiative of the School of Law of the Cyprus Campus of the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan Cyprus). The formation of RoLMM has been prompted by the global spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and the decision of the World Health Organization, on 11 March 2020, to declare the existence of a pandemic. The formation of RoLMM has also been motivated by a growing concern for – and determination to protect – the rule of law, the proper administration of justice, human dignity and fundamental freedoms as well as rights including the right to life and socio-economic rights. These and so many other characteristics of a democratic society that are at risk of being adversely affected amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic or any other crisis of comparable magnitude.
RoLMM is founded on the expertise of the academics of the School of Law of UCLan Cyprus, their long-standing knowledge transfer activities and their past or ongoing publications and research projects relating to the rule of law or crises of one sort or another. See for example:
In light of the above, the primary purposes of RoLMM are to ask questions, to raise concerns, to highlight issues and to strive to hold public authorities as well as other decision makers to account. To these ends, RoLMM offers a peer-reviewed online platform, which is open to academics, advanced law students, members of the legal profession, other professionals, law enforcement officers, other public servants and all other persons who care about the rule of law.
Notwithstanding its academic home within the School of Law of UCLan Cyprus, RoLMM consciously seeks to adopt an inter-disciplinary approach. In relation to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, such an inter-disciplinary approach is important in various fields, including medical law and ethics, and business law and ethics.
RoLMM will commission and publish peer-reviewed blog pieces. In addition, from time to time, RoLMM will organise online Socratic dialogues, conversations, webinars and other events. To be informed for future events, subscribe to our mailing list here.
Subject to funding, RoLMM intends to operate on a long-term basis and, thus, beyond the period of current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This is because an array of ongoing as well as emerging threats are endangering the characteristics of a democratic society, including the rule of law, the proper administration of justice, human dignity and fundamental freedoms as well as rights, including the right to life and socio-economic rights. These threats need to be monitored, critically analysed or otherwise addressed both during and beyond the current pandemic.
For the avoidance of any doubt, the remit of RoLMM does not extend to the giving of legal advice or to the provision of any other forms of advice. Equally, RoLMM will not serve as a vehicle to provide publicity, advertising or political endorsements. It is – and will remain – an academic and, thus, non-partisan platform.
Professor Stéphanie Laulhé Shaelou,
Dr Klearchos A. Kyriakides