Nobody’s perfect? The best rule of law practices in the EU

This RECONNECT paper offers analysis of the best rule of law practices on national and supranational level. It relies on four types of practices: institutional, procedural, political, social. From the national perspective, it provides examples how best practices, despite technical and legislative differences, might lead to achieving the main rule of law aim – limiting the public power. Furthermore, the paper shows that each type of the rule of law practices are interrelated and to a great extent its practical role might be determined by local context – constitutional culture, political tradition – and not only the text of legal provisions. Finally, practices (and particular legal amendments) taken in isolation will not provide broader picture unless combined effect of overall elements is considered.