A Concise Guide to the Rule of Law

FLORENCE WORKSHOP ON THE RULE OF LAW, Neil Walker, Gianluigi Palombella, eds., Hart Publishing Company, 2007

St. John's Legal Studies Research Paper No. 07-0082

20 Pages Posted: 13 Sep 2007  

Brian Z. Tamanaha

Washington University in St. Louis - School of Law

Abstract

To be published as a Chapter in "Florence Workshop on The Rule of Law," edited by Neil Walker and Gianluigi Palombella, Hart Publishing Company, forthcoming 2008.

This paper provides a brief overview of core aspects of the rule of law. It is by no means exhaustive on the subject and does not resolve any of the hard questions. Rather, it is a pragmatic guide to the basic issues, oriented to the circumstances and concerns of societies that are working to develop the rule of law (although the discussion applies broadly to all societies and legal systems). The topics covered are: Definition, Functions, Benefits, Elements. Several key points are made about each subject, followed by comments on limitations or concerns. The overview closes with a few reasons to be wary of the rule of law.

This paper should be useful for non-theorists interested in learning about the rule of law, and may serve as supplemental reading material for classes on government or on law and development.

Suggested Citation

Tamanaha, Brian Z., A Concise Guide to the Rule of Law. FLORENCE WORKSHOP ON THE RULE OF LAW, Neil Walker, Gianluigi Palombella, eds., Hart Publishing Company, 2007; St. John's Legal Studies Research Paper No. 07-0082. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1012051

Brian Z. Tamanaha (Contact Author)

Washington University in St. Louis - School of Law ( email )

Campus Box 1120
St. Louis, MO 63130
United States

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