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The rule of law provides that no person is above the law, that no one can be punished by the state except for a breach of the law, and that no one can be convicted of breaching the law except in the manner set forth in the law itself.

The rule of law is

[a] system of transparent, predictable and accessible laws and independent legal institutions and processes, which respect, protect, promote and fulfill human rights.[1]


  1. Implementation Guidelines, Annex A: Definitions.

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