Academic journal article Defense Counsel Journal

Editor's Page

Academic journal article Defense Counsel Journal

Editor's Page

Article excerpt

For this issue last year I enthusiastically wrote about spring time and my penchant for gardening. A lot has happened in that intervening year. While my garden is just beginning to bloom with the beauty of everything spring promises, today I felt compelled to write briefly about the importance of the rule of law.

The rule of law is loosely defined as the norm that all people and all institutions are held accountable to law that is fairly applied and enforced. The concept of the rule of law is extremely important in a representative democracy--where representatives are invested with the authority of the people to act on their behalf when exercising the powers of the government. Many positive benefits derive from the confidence in the rule of law. Most importantly from the perspective of a representative democracy, the promise of the rule of law ensures the smooth transition of power following an election. The members of a losing party are likely to be more willing to accept an electoral defeat when they are confident their basic rights will be protected by the equal application of the law under the new regime. …

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