Doing Violence to the Rule of Law

29 Pages Posted: 12 Jun 2018

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Liora Lazarus

University of Oxford - Faculty of Law

Date Written: April 5, 2018


This lecture is based on ongoing work towards the completion of my book Securing Legality. It demonstrates a paradigmatic shift towards the securitization of the rule of law in international practice. This lecture showcases a comprehensive analysis of documentation referring to the rule of law within both international agencies and domestic government departments. It also refers to interviews conducted with actors who are responsible for rule of law work within these agencies. These interviews explore and test the analysis of the primary sources produced by their agencies. At the end of the lecture I address the theoretical concerns raised by this move towards a securitized conception of the rule of law, and some scholarly responses in this field.

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Lazarus, Liora, Doing Violence to the Rule of Law (April 5, 2018). Available at SSRN: or

Liora Lazarus (Contact Author)

University of Oxford - Faculty of Law ( email )

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