- Brian ThompsonBrian ThompsonSenior Lecturer at Liverpool Law School, University of Liverpool
- and Michael GordonMichael GordonSenior Lecturer at Liverpool Law School, University of Liverpool.
Extracts have been chosen from a wide range of historical and contemporary cases to illustrate the reasoning processes of the courts and to show how legal principles are developed. This chapter discusses the constitutional principle of the rule of law. First the rule of law is introduced, and then Dicey's understanding of it, and criticism of this, is considered. The difference between formal and substantive understandings of the rule of law is discussed, then the rule of law as a broad political doctrine, and finally what is meant by the idea of government according to law in the UK.