‘The Rule of Law’ is a phrase used to excess but examined little. The concept of the rule of law as the foundation of modern states and civilisation has recently become even more magical than that of democracy, but what does it consist of?
Tom Bingham, a former British senior law lord, has authored a short but outstanding book. This book delves into what the concept of the rule of law entails, making it obvious that the rule of law is the cornerstone of a fair society and not merely a dry legal philosophy. It makes a significant contribution to economic progress and provides the finest method for ensuring peace and cooperation, that has yet to be devised.
Bingham briefly examines the historical origins of the rule. Thereafter, he advances eight conditions which capture its essence as understood in western democracies today. The student lawyer descried the book as ‘the bible of English law’ and it is easy to see why. He also discussed the strains imposed on the rule of law by the threat and experience of international terrorism.
The book has been and continues to be influential in many different fields and should become a key text for anyone interest in politics, law, society, and the state of our world.
Author: Adam Newing