The International Commission of Jurists held a Conference on Development and the Rule of Law in the Hague on 27 April—1 May 1981.
Participants included Members and Honorary Members of the Commission, representatives of National Sections and a number of development experts, including economists and political scientists, as well as lawyers.
After the opening plenary session, held in the Peace Palace, the conference discussed the working papers in two Committees, one devoted to the international aspects of the subject and the other to the national aspects. The reports of these committees were considered in a closing plenary session.
The summary of the discussions and conclusions, printed at the end of this report, was prepared later by the Secretariat of the ICJ in consultation with the participants.
The International Commission of Jurists considers that the relationship between the Rule of Law and development is of cardinal importance and deserves wider recognition and study. It hopes that the publication of the working papers and proceedings of this conference may contribute to this cause.
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