Years of research have consistently affirmed that effective legal systems, underpinned by the Rule of Law, are fundamental prerequisites for achieving sustainable development. However, the effectiveness of these legal frameworks hinges on the fair and effective operation of justice systems that are accessible to all. Judges, attorneys, and enforcement agencies have a pivotal role in providing stability, predictability, and ensuring the enforcement of contracts and property rights, all of which are essential for fostering trade, investment, and more inclusive societies. In 2021, the World Justice Project’s Rule of Law Index revealed a staggering 61 percent decline in adherence to the Rule of Law in most countries.
In this context, this session seeks to explore the intersection of justice systems and sustainable development by bringing together Supreme Court Justices from different jurisdictions, who have been actively reflecting and tackling these challenges in their roles. This session aims to reevaluate the significance of independent and efficient justice systems in addressing the ever-evolving challenges of sustainable development. It will engage in an insightful discussion, tackling critical questions that revolve around the role of law and judicial services in our contemporary world, and where they can contribute to reversing the decline of the Rule of Law around the world.