Rule of law is one of a number of overlapping ideas, including constitutionalism, due process, legality, justice, and sovereignty, that make claims for the proper character and role of law in well-ordered states and societies. Among these, ‘rule of law’ has in recent times come into its own. It is lauded by international agencies, pressed upon conflictual, post-conflict, and ‘transitional’ societies, and of course talked up by politicians and lawyers, particularly judges, all over the world. It is examined in political theory and jurisprudence, and also, though...
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