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Institute of Global Rule of Law

In the framework of the establishment of the Global Rule of Law Commission (GRoLC), the European Public Law Organization (EPLO) introduced in 2022 the Institute of the Global Rule of Law (IGRoL).


The Institute’s mandate is to develop and promote the Global Rule of Law principles at an international scientific and educational level. Its mission is gradually being evolved under the scientific umbrella of the GRoLC, through which it shall also expand its activities.


The IGRoL assists and supports the GRoLC, follows its discussions, and executes its decisions. Moreover, it contributes to the research and preparation of the Rule of Law Report presented annually by the Commission to the UN General Assembly.

Furthermore, the IGRoL advances and implements various scientific and educational activities. In close cooperation with the European Law and Governance School (ELGS) of the EPLO and the Universities of Portugal, the Institute shall organize postgraduate studies, research activities, events, training seminars, lectures, courses, etc., in the fields of the essential elements of the Global Rule of Law, such as the foundations of the law and democracy, fair justice and judicial independence, human rights, transparency, and anti-corruption, among other significant thematic areas which constitute the principle and concept of the rule of law at an international level, according to the standards of the UN.


The Institute of the Global Rule of Law works under the responsibility of a highly scientific and moral Director, Ms. Teresa Violante, Research Fellow at Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg and Visiting Research Fellow at Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht. Her position is honorary and discretionary.


The IGRoL operates from the Headquarters of EPLO in Cascais. The EPLO allocated scientific personnel to the Institute for elaborating on and implementing its various responsibilities and competencies. Simultaneously, the Municipality of Cascais and the Regional Branch of EPLO in Cascais actively and substantially support the Institute's functions.