“Rule of law” is an expression both praised and ridiculed by adherents of opposite political philosophies, and it is a principle claimed as the lodestar for widely differing legal theories. As much as an ideality as an ideal, the words “rule of law” have served a wide range of purposes, stretching from political sloganeering to the protection of individual rights from the power of government.
Nadia E. Nedzel,
The Rule of Law: Its History and Meaning in Common Law, Civil Law, and Latin American Judicial Systems,
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