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The Rule of Law and Economic Development Research Group (ROLED) engages with cutting-edge issues at the intersection of law and economic development. Our work examines institutional development, corruption, governance and electronic governance, inequality, and access to justice in countries around the world.


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Join the ROLED alliance!

ROLED is actively seeking to build alliances across borders and continents to work on issues related to rule of law and economic development. We are particularly interested in collaborating with partners from the Global South.

If you are interested in collaborating with ROLED, we would like to hear from you. Please email us at roled.law [at] mcgill.ca (subject: Collaboration%20Proposal)  with the subject line "Collaboration Proposal” with a brief description of your organization and your primary research interests.


News and publications

Professor Nandini Ramanujam and Alexander Agnello, BCL/LLB candidate have just published "The Shifting Frontiers of Law: Access to Justice and Underemployment in the Legal Profession", in issue 54:4 (2017) of the Osgoode Hall Law Journal. Download a copy of the article: PDF icon The Shifting Frontiers of Law: Access to Justice and Underemployment in the Legal Profession

The article examines two interrelated issues attracting attention from the legal academy, the profession, and policy makers: i) the crisis of access to justice among ordinary Canadians, and ii) the increasing number of qualified and underemployed lawyers. This article sets out to understand the interrelated factors underlying these two trends, and explores long-term, accessible solutions to address the misalignment between the supply of underemployed law graduates and a demand for affordable legal services. In response to these twin problems, we examine how legislative reform, open source networks, and the automation of legal work can allow lawyers to create more cost-effective delivery mechanisms for legal services, while allowing clients to choose, and work with, lawyers in a more informed manner.

Report Release: “Rule of Law and Economic Development: A Comparative Approach Towards Sustainable Economic Growth Across the BRICs”

In 2012, the ROLED Research Group authored a comprehensive report on rule of law and economic development in the transition economies. The Group provides an in-depth analysis of the complex and nuanced relationship between rule of law and sustainable economic growth in Brazil, Russia, India, and China, highlighting six lines of inquiry: an introduction to rule of law and economic development; key aspects of governance; the quality of institutions; the judiciary; the prevalence and effects of corruption; and media and civil society organizations.

A comprehensive report on the transition economies

The central work of the group has been an inquiry into rule of law and economic development in the transition economies.

The result is a comprehensive 276-page report, published in 2012: “Rule of Law and Economic Development: A Comparative Approach Towards Sustainable Economic Growth Across the BRICs.” [.pdf]. We invite you to download and read this report.

Six lines of inquiry

Our research aims to provide an in-depth analysis of the complex and nuanced relationship between rule of law and sustainable economic growth in Brazil, Russia, India, and China.

Report cover imageThe report highlights six lines of inquiry:

  1. an introduction to rule of law and economic development;
  2. key aspects of governance;
  3. the quality of institutions;
  4. the judiciary;
  5. the prevalence and effects of corruption; and
  6. media and civil society organizations.

We welcome your comments

We invite you to read this report and provide feedback on its main conclusions. Email: roled.law [at] mcgill.ca.