This study engages in an empirical analysis of the relationship between the rule of law and human development in the world order. Its goal is to determine whether lasting development can be achieved in emerging states without progress in the rule of law. The study relies on seven empirical models which plot seven separate human development indices against the rule of law index. Based on the empirical models, the study proposes a set of development paths for emerging nations which account for the possible ways in which emerging states achieve development. The study also recognises other development paths which take account of malignant development challenges occurring where there is specific resistance to development programs. Based on the evidence in the empirical models, the study concludes that the rule of law and human development are essential to one another to ensure development in emerging states and therefore police and other personnel working in these environments should modify their operational policies to implement this conclusion.