Sunday, June 20, 2010


Albert Dicey is credited with providing the logical foundation upon which the modern notion of the rule of law is based. He laid out his three principles of the rule of law in his 1885 book An Introduction to the Study of the Law of the Constitution (often abbreviated as Law of the Constitution):
•everyone is equal before the law
•no one can be punished unless they are in clear breach of the law
•there is no set of laws which are above the Courts.
Although few would argue with the first two principles, the third principle is actually quite contentious as it is incompatible with the notion of a written constitution since such a constitution would be above the Courts. This simple fact leads us to have to consider Dicey's views on written vs unwritten constitutions.

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