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rule of law

It is often easier to predict the outcome of a case by knowing the names of the judges than by knowing the applicable legal doctrine.
America is moving from the rule of law to the rule of judges.
Robert H. Bork  --  Coercing Virtue
  a legal system in which rules are clear, well-understood, and fairly enforced
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  • It is often easier to predict the outcome of a case by knowing the names of the judges than by knowing the applicable legal doctrine.
    America is moving from the rule of law to the rule of judges.
    Robert H. Bork  --  Coercing Virtue
  • ...the greater the freedom to compete and the stronger the rule of law, the greater the material wealth produced.
    Alan Greenspan  --  The Age of Turbulence
  • But is that what it means to live under the rule of law? Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. once defined law as "the prophesies of what courts will do." Maybe Justice Holmes has put his finger on our problem. Today in America, justice may be neutral, but nobody has any idea what a court will do.
    Philip K. Howard  --  The Collapse of the Common Good
  • Historically, liberal democracies have developed in stages. First security from foreign invasion, then rule of law in the economic sphere (property rights). Then rule of law in the public sphere (constitutionalism). And finally voting rights for all citizens.

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  • Make no mistake about it: What we do here is highly illegal, but that does not mean we don’t follow the rule of law.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • But though their sacrifice was supposed to have restored government control, we were still waiting for the rule of law.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • From what I could see, there simply was no commitment to the rule of law, no accountability, and little shame.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • Men who went from town to town, bringing the rule of law to small Aturan towns.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Much of the southern highlands were "debatable lands" in the border sense of a contested territory without established government or the rule of law.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • To prosper, a zoo needs parliamentary government, democratic elections, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of association, rule of law and everything else enshrined in India’s Constitution.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi

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  • However, although the Varden aren’t a country and we answer to no one’s authority but our own, that doesnot give you or anyone else leave to ignore the rule of law as laid down by my predecessors or as it’s observed here in Surda.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • The rule of law must be upheld.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • "That doesn’t really accord with the principles of a society governed by the rule of law."
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • Uvin writes: "In societies where the rule of law is close to nonexistent and security forces are neither effective nor trusted, small groups of people willing to use violence can create enough chaos and fear to force everyone into making violent choices."
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • In their allegiance to the King and to the rule of law, they saw themselves as the true American patriots.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • The Riders began as a means to keep the peace between elves and dragons, but in the end, their main purpose became upholding the rule of law throughout the land.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • Economic and technological competitiveness is essential, and America’s economy and technology have flourished because of the rule of law and the "assets" of a free and open society.
    Sandra Day O’Connor and Roy Romer  --  Not By Math Alone
  • Rule of law is what separates civilized men from savages.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Red Prophet
  • One of these is the rule of law.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe
  • We do happen to have the rule of law in this country, and nobody should be condemned without their day in court.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • Finally, I’ve come to believe that the true measure of our commitment to justice, the character of our society; our commitment to the rule of law, fairness, and equality cannot be measured by how we treat the rich, the powerful, the privileged, and the respected among us.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • The Rule of Law.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe
  • When you get right down to it, the rule of law only exists because enough of us believe in it and insist that everyone, even the nonbelievers, behave as if it exists.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe
  • So I cling to my belief in the rule of law.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe
  • Like Tinkerbell, the rule of law has been seriously injured by doubt.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe
  • Those who believe in it must stand up and say—I must say—I believe in the rule of law and will not accept its being taken away.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe
  • In times of crisis and threat, there is a temptation to stop believing in the rule of law—a temptation to think that it weakens rather than protects us.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe
  • The minute enough of us stop believing, stop insisting that the law protect us all, and that every single one of us is accountable to the law—in that moment, the rule of law will be gone.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe
  • It is the rule of law that governs us, that protects each one of us when we stand alone against those who disagree with us, or fear us, or do not like us because we are different.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe
  • If you can think of another, better way to enforce the rule of law among spellcasters, I would be delighted.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • Maybe we do need to sacrifice personal liberties to be safe, but then I remember that generations of Americans bled and died to create and protect the rule of law, and I wonder: If we ignore it now, how will we ever get it back?
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe
  • I realize now that what’s good on this earth does not happen as a matter of course; it has to be created and maintained by the effort of love and by submission to the Rule of Law.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe
  • "It’s not compatible with a society based on the rule of law, at least not in its present form.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
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