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(p. 34) 3. Rule of law 

(p. 34) 3. Rule of law
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(p. 34) 3. Rule of law
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Neil Parpworth

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10.1093/he/9780198747529.003.0003
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date: 22 February 2020

This chapter begins with a discussion of the meaning of the rule of law, one of the fundamental doctrines or principles of the UK constitution. It distinguishes between formal and substantive meanings of the rule of law. It discusses principles encompassed by the rule of law, including that laws should be prospective, laws should be open and clear, natural justice, access to the courts, and equality before the law. The chapter concludes with an assessment of the contemporary significance of the rule of law.

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