The Rule of Law

[New Entry by Jeremy Waldron on June 22, 2016.] The phrase "the Rule of Law" has to be distinguished from the phrase "a rule of law". The latter phrase is used to designate some particular legal
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[New Entry by Jeremy Waldron on June 22, 2016.] The phrase "the Rule of Law" has to be distinguished from the phrase "a rule of law". The latter phrase is used to designate some particular legal rule like the rule against perpetuities or the rule that says we have to file our taxes by a certain date. Those are rules of law, but the Rule of Law is one of the ideals of our political morality and it refers to the ascendancy of law as such and of the institutions of the legal system in a system of governance....

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