Understanding the Rule of Law

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The rule of law is increasingly regarded as integral to liberal democracy, and its significance is frequently discussed by lawyers, academics, politicians, and the media. But the meaning of the phrase is not always clear. What does 'the rule of law' mean exactly? And why is it so important to the democratic state and, above all, its citizens? Former president of the Dutch Supreme Court, Geert Corstens, paints a lively and accessible portrait of the rule of law in practice. The focus is on the role of the courts, where the ...

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