What Is the Rule of Law?

What Is the Rule of Law?


Rule of law

Many liberals who value liberty see rule of law as a source of security. However, they disagree over the definition of this concept, and how it should be enforced.

Legal theory

Legal theory is the study of law and its structure. It aims to interpret the main point of legal practice and to show how it can be justified. Unlike legal practice, it does not necessarily have an objective standard. Its main goal is to achieve an equilibrium between legal practice and its best justification.

Legal encyclopedias

Legal encyclopedias are books that provide information on various topics in law. They are alphabetically arranged and usually contain an index at the end of the book. The index is usually organized by section and includes a section symbol (SS) and section number. The indexes of legal encyclopedias are regularly updated with new information.

Legal philosophies

Legal philosophies explore the nature of law, its relationship to other systems of norms, political philosophy, and ethics. They address questions such as “What is law?” and “What are the criteria of legal validity?”

Legal procedures

Legal procedures are the rules by which legal disputes are settled. They are intended to distribute judicial resources in the most efficient way possible. For example, in most courts of general jurisdiction, criminal cases are given priority over civil cases. This is to ensure that criminal defendants have the first opportunity to have their case heard.

Access to justice

While the terms ‘access to justice’ and ‘rule of law’ are often used synonymously, they are not always the same. Access to justice entails a wide variety of factors, and it is important to recognize that different groups experience different levels of access to justice. For example, access to justice may be limited for people who do not have a stable income or do not speak English. It may also be limited for people who experience legal problems that can’t be solved through other means.