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The Rule of Law. Individuals, persons and government shall submit to, obey and be regulated by law, and not arbitrary action by an individual or a group of individuals. . The Rule of Law. government of law and not of men.

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The Rule of Law

Individuals, persons and government shall submit to, obey and be regulated by law, and not arbitrary action by an individual or a group of individuals.


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The Rule of Law

  • government of law and not of men.

  • Distinguished from the 'rule of man' where, for example, in a monarchy, tyrannical or theocratic form of government, governance and rules of conduct is set and altered at the discretion of a single person, or a select group of persons.

  • In a political system which adheres to the paramountcy of the rule of law, the law is supreme over the acts of the government and the people.

  • The phrase "rule of law" is often found in contemporary constitutions. For example, Canada's includes the phrase:

  • "Canada is founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law."


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Therefore, The Rule of Law is

  • 1. Society is governed by Law.

  • 2. No person or government is above the Law. The Law is applied equally to all. 

  • 3. No one in our society has the right to exercise unrestricted power to take away our rights except in accordance with the Law.