The Rule of Law

December 20, 2019 - Comment

“The Rule of Law” is a phrase much used but little examined. The idea of the rule of law as the foundation of modern states and civilizations has recently become even more talismanic than that of democracy, but what does it actually consist of? In this brilliant short book, Britain’s former senior law lord, and

“The Rule of Law” is a phrase much used but little examined. The idea of the rule of law as the foundation of modern states and civilizations has recently become even more talismanic than that of democracy, but what does it actually consist of? In this brilliant short book, Britain’s former senior law lord, and one of the world’s most acute legal minds, examines what the idea actually means. He makes clear that the rule of law is not an arid legal doctrine but is the foundation of a fair and just society, is a guarantee of responsible government, is an important contribution to economic growth and offers the best means yet devised for securing peace and co-operation. He briefly examines the historical origins of the rule, and then advances eight conditions which capture its essence as understood in western democracies today. He also discusses the strains imposed on the rule of law by the threat and experience of international terrorism. The book will be influential in many different fields and should become a key text for anyone interested in politics, society, and the state of our world.

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Anonymous says:

Good masterpiece for public law student, but not for everyone As an adult law student, just wanna learn more from this book about what is rule of law, especially where I’m living is debating day and night about losing the spirit of rule of law in our legal system. I have to say the book is not particularly interesting, if you are not enthusiastic about law or studying law, the topic maybe too easy to attract you to start reading it and eventually you might feel a little bit boring. However, few things mentioned by late Lord Bingham are very interesting,…

Anonymous says:

What is the “Rule of Law?” The longest dictionary definition I have ever read.This is an interesting, authoritative definition of what the “rule of law” means, and what its meanings entail.

Anonymous says:

Great book for the beginner. As Tom Bingham had said in his preface, this book is suitable not only for lawyer but also for non-lawyer who has interested in the concept of the Rule of Law. The author traced us back through its history and origins in Part I, then described the most important elements for being the state governed by the Rule of Law in Part II, and go on about interrelationship between the Rule of Law and the International Communities in Part III. Its contents are essential with useful footnotes. The writing…

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