The Rule of Law

July 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 civilisations 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 civilisations 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:

KINDLE EDITION TERIBLE FOR REFERENCING WORK Great resource, well written, I can’t say a bad word about its content.AMAZON’s EBOOK FORMATTING IS TERRIBLE. Kindle page numbers don’t match the print copy so I cannot use for referencing. I will have to buy a real book now.I’m really disappointed that they don’t support students using the kindle for academic work.If you don’t need to reference page number then this will do fine. I will be buying ebooks elsewhere now though.

Anonymous says:

Very interesting, easy to understand and perfect for anyone interested I am 18 years old and I am going to study law at university next year. The term ‘Rule of Law’ is used everywhere but and the definition that we all know is very narrow and does not encompass the importance of this term. Bingham helps explain the history that has led to our modern rule of law, what he thinks is needed by a state to sustain the rule of law and he does this in a very clear and easy to understand manner. I read this book before my interview to read law at the University of…

Anonymous says:

Small but profound This book hits many nails squarely on the head as to why the law of the land is for the people to protect them from tyranny. It quotes Spinosa to say Law is the mathematics of Freedom and I get that now. Without the law to check the powerful, our lives would be shorter and poorer. A really inspirational book for anyone interested in the law.

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