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The Rule of Law : 1st Edition - Tom Bingham

The Rule of Law

1st Edition


Published: 24th February 2011
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'What's wonderful about this book is that it's not a law book; it's for everybody. It explains, clearly, simply, powerfully, to a lay audience what the rule of law means and how important it is to everybody in modern society. Everyone should read this book' SHAMI CHAKRABARTI

'The Rule of Law' is a phrase much used but little examined. 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 it is not an arid legal doctrine but the foundation of a fair and just society, a guarantee of responsible government, and an important contributor to economic growth.

Tom Bingham examines the historical origins of the rule of law, advances eight conditions which capture its essence as understood in western democracies today - and explains why the rule of law offers the best means yet devised for securing peace and co-operation.

'Beautifully written . . . the book of the year that I am likely to read again and again' CHRIS PATTEN

'So compelling that its contents spill on to the page like a musical score' CONOR GEARTY, OBSERVER

'This closely argued and very readable work serves as a lucid restatement of the importance of the rule of law' GIDEON RACHMAN, FINANCIAL TIMES, BOOKS OF THE YEAR



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great book, time consuming to read


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    it's a great book that provides a very solid insight into a concept crucial to modern law, however is a very time consuming and involving read as it can require rereading for full understanding.

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    Prefacep. vii
    The Importance or the Rule or Lawp. 3
    Some Historyp. 10
    The Accessibility of the Lawp. 37
    Law not Discretionp. 48
    Equality Before the Lawp. 55
    The Exercise of Powerp. 60
    Human Rightsp. 66
    Dispute Resolutionp. 85
    A Fair Trialp. 90
    The Rule of Law in the InternationalLegal Orderp. 110
    Terrorism and the Rule of Lawp. 133
    The Rule of Law and the Sovereignty of Parliamentp. 160
    Epiloguep. 171
    Notesp. 175
    Indexp. 197
    Table of Contents provided by Ingram. All Rights Reserved.

    ISBN: 9780141034539
    ISBN-10: 014103453X
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 224
    Published: 24th February 2011
    Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
    Country of Publication: GB
    Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.0  x 1.6
    Weight (kg): 0.159
    Edition Number: 1