Forthcoming – Summer 2021 – Preview here
Based on a division of powers and the supremacy of a constitution,
the rule of law is not invulnerable, as was demonstrated in the violent
attack against the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. It can be used but
also abused; it can be respected or exploited, exalted or undermined.
It can even arouse skepticism, because it is not always effective against
the realities of political life.
In a world facing social division, polarization, poverty, climate
change, and pandemics, it is crucial to understand the roles of those
who manage, control, or are touched by the rule of law.
This book’s primary goal is to showcase the variety of perspectives,
cases, and methodologies of the people and institutions that bring a
range of expertise to bear in many fields.
The essays here – which encompass various geographic areas and
social groups, as well as several historical periods – address racism,
misinformation, human rights, the status of women, the treatment of
indigenous peoples, the environment, and more.
The rule of law is not merely a set of principles that guarantee a just
society. It must be more than a tool in the hands of legal experts; it
cannot be a concept out of the reach of ordinary people. It is essential
that every citizen feel a clear responsibility to protect and promote the
rule of law, to denounce inequalities and oppose imbalances of power,
if the common goal is to enjoy freedom, democracy, and justice for all.