The Law's Own Virtue
17 Pages Posted: 30 Oct 2018 Last revised: 25 Feb 2019
Date Written: October 6, 2018
The paper offers a new account of the rule of law, revising my previous view, and criticising some alternatives. It focuses on the rule of law's aim to avoid arbitrary government, and on its relation to the essential functions of government. The rule of law requires that government action will manifest an intention to protect and advance the interests of the governed. As such it is almost a necessary condition for the law's ability to meet other moral demands, and it facilitate coordination and cooperation internally and internationally.
Keywords: rule of law, arbitrary government, government as custodian, the interest of the governed
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