Rule of Law
Healthy, just societies need to respect the rule of law, with clear and transparent justice, fair and independent processes, and safeguards to ensure that everyone is treated equally before the law.
The Council of Europe has designed a number of ways to make this reality throughout Europe, helping countries to set up and run legal and justice systems that reflect the needs of their citizens. In parallel, work is being carried out day to day to stop crimes that affect us all and know no borders, such as corruption, money laundering, trafficking in human beings, fake medicine and medical products, and cybercrime. Ensuring good conditions for prisoners, creating safe, inclusive and fair sports, and finding answers to the challenges of drugs and addiction are also key to creating fair societies.