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By Prachi Verma & Shristi Raj

(Students, B.A.LL.B. (Hons), Amity Law School, Amity University, Patna)


The word ‘Rule of law’ refers to the supremacy of law, has its origin from a French phrase “la prinicipe de legalite” which literally means – the principal of legality. There is neither any concrete definition for this concept of Rule of Law, nor this is defined in the Indian Constitution, but one of the most popular and well accepted definition was propounded by the British Jurist, A.V. Dicey who introduced three basic principles what is called three pillars namely, Supremacy of Law: Equality before law and Predominance of legal spirit. The Rule of Law comprises many principles of formal as well as procedural character which refers to the way a country or even a community is governed. In India, it is true that the term Rule of Law is not defined in its literal way, but the constitution of India upholds this concept in its true spirit. Here, Rule of Law is not new but can be traced back to the Upanishads, which says that the law is the King of the Kings, and no one is higher than the law of the land. The Rule of Law is the doctrine of supremacy of law. This doctrine is the fundamental unit of any civilized society, where it is essential for the king to be governed by the law and Law must prevail in any circumstances. In this paper at hand, we revisit the doctrine of ‘Rule of Law’ from legal as well as from a positive perspective of political perspectives
Rule of Law, India, Constitution, Governed, law

TypeResearch Paper
InformationLex Humanitariae: Journal for a Change, Volume III Issue II, Pages 39-44
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ISSN 2582-5216
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