Rule of law: a turtle guided by small leaders



Democratic values and principles in which equity is the main principle need committed leaders and a fast and effective Rule of law. However, more and more a world driven by the negative impact of crises is having as a result no accountable or transparent governments under an ineffective and slow response from the legal system. In addition be leading by weak leaders.

We are living a dangerous historical momentum in which the complexity of multiple crises makes the world moves without democratic guarantees that assures the absolute legitimacy of their leaders and the entire political system -at national and global level- although within a law framework.

The lack of a strong and focused leadership makes Rule of law an empty system taken by a extreme political agenda that is seeing on a crises time an opportunity to impose their models in total contradiction with democratic values. Is not a coincidence that currently there is a raise in violence, as well as racism and xenophobia.

Financial global crisis has shown that Rule of law is not necessary a “rule” for a democratic system and that a global world has not brought the guarantees to assure transparent and accountable systems.

Does it means that a global model in itself is incompatible with a solid system based on Rule of law? I am inclined to think that there is not contradiction among Rule of law and an effective global model. In fact, using it in a smart way it supposes stronger and more effective control and supervision because of its interconnection, like an “amplified good governance”. This is precisely the reshape of a global model: build a global system of transparency and accountability that exercise and demands control over national financial systems hence, on the political system. An idea that matches perfectly with a world framing in a 4th Industrial revolution and multiple crises that demands urgently increasing levels of resilience. However it finds high criticism from “small leaders” that see on a joint action a threat for national sovereignty; seeing globalization as the “enemy” for their anti-democratic goals.

 A strong global leadership seems to be one of the most effective answers to face crisis on Rule of law that attacks good governance. All global and legal resources are there but are not working at political level, having as a result the ineffectiveness of the system consequently, remain dead letter. In addition, a growing tendency from far-right leaders pushing into isolationism and racism are cracking the system by promoting division and confrontation surprisingly without tangible and feasible alternatives. An empty strategy against globalization that is not addressing the roots of these crises: a solid leadership and the accurate application of Rule of law. Anti-globalist uses failures of the system and crises in favor of an extreme and old-fashioned defense of national sovereignty as the main pillar to be against. All of the above without realizing that in a world of 4th industrial revolution the interconnection and the concept of global is part of the essence of this new order. Once we accept this fact is useless to go back to old codes but to fix this chaos by working through global institutions, building updated regulation systems and innovate with new forms and profile of leaders. Another element used by far right groups to give responsibility to a global model is paradoxically, one of the main principles that sustain a global world: free movement of people, which is also a way to be weaker in specific situations. The model in itself is not the problem but the misuse of it: abuses in the financial world with no control over international corporations, protectionism and violent attacks that have become a good excuse but not the in-depth reason to boost a world based on isolationism.

Going back to Cold war is not the answer for current crises and will not bring prosperity for a simple reason: we cannot go back to the past. 4th industrial revolution is giving the answer that joint action and interconnection are the factors to success in a tangible future to get results and be a supervisor of current world instability.

Addressing crises –migration, financial, ethical, institutionally, etc- means at first place, the strict fulfillment of Rule of law, which directly connect us to the creation and reshape of current global law framework and leaders.

The own existence of these crises is showing the weakness of leaders and institutions. Institutional global crisis are the main reason of the collapse of the system that is desperately claiming to reshape a new model of globalization in which Rule of law become the main interest for leaders. Indeed, a global and effective leadership is missing and when individual efforts are guiding towards a fake idea of national sovereignty is it when Rule of law disappears as a main goal allowing private interests to find fertile ground for achieving biased goals.

Rule of law cannot survive without the support of strong institutions and leaders that make it a priority. However even if there is a poor leadership, the existence of strong institutions makes the Rule of law a system that could not be defeat. That is the reason to  build a political system 100% submitted to accountable procedures under a democratic law framework.

Rule of law & big leaders: an invincible tandem for reshaping current model of globalisation by the constant and determinate application of law with the support of innovative and committed global leaders.


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