Stone, Julius
July 1961
Foreign Affairs;Jul1961, Vol. 39 Issue 4, p549
This article presents information related to international relations. Even within one's own democratic societies the rule of law ideal is not a simple remedy for the exercise of arbitrary power. England is the cradle of the rule of law; but even there, so far as law enforced by the courts is concerned, the rule of law protects against executive power but not against the supreme power in the state, the legislative power. The essence of the rule of law ideal lies, therefore, not in "law" narrowly defined, but rather in the supremacy of certain ethical convictions, certain rules of decency prevalent in the community, and in the fact that those who are at the apex of power share those convictions and feel bound to conform to them.


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