|The Ether did not exist for George Washington.|
You could have had it all to yourself for all he knew.
Library of Congress.
I believe that rather than looking to legislation or administration, these problems are best settled in courts. The English system of justice works because of what American conservative complain about as "judicial activism." The other way is the Continental theory of "civil law" in which the legislature spells out the law in detail and the courts only enforce it. In other words, in the English system, the court fits the law to the case, making case law, whereas in the Continental system, the court fits the case to the law. (In American today, the courts do both. The court of original jurisdiction applies the law. Appellate courts test the law.) The English system is better at protecting individual rights because those are the implicit foundation for judging the law and for making new rulings that create precedents.