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2006

Washington University in St. Louis

Washington University Journal of Law & Policy

Rule of Law

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Judicial Independence And The Rule Of Law, David Boies Jan 2006

Judicial Independence And The Rule Of Law, David Boies

Washington University Journal of Law & Policy

The rule of law provides two basic protections against arbitrary or discriminatory government action. It provides that the rule applied to a particular case must be reasonably predictable. And it provides that the rule must be predictable without regard for the identity of the parties. We know the importance that the rule of law has for our society, our democracy, and the kind of civilization we want, but we rarely take the time to think about what the components of the rule of law are and how we assure that the rule of law continues. Why has this country been ...