Rule of Law and the Stable Society

Rule of Law and the Stable Society

  • 28 May 2012

This lecture addressed the importance of the Rule of Law in creating and maintaining a stable and peaceful society equipped for the rapid pace of change experienced in the modern world.

It paid tribute to the late Sheikh Zayed, as well as to Zayed University and the UAE University for their roles in enabling the new post-graduate law course offered by Zayed University, which represents an exciting milestone in the advancement of the rule of law in the region.

The lecture described how societies with different cultures, religions and political histories can use the rule of law as a key tool to bring about the stability and freedom that we all seek, while also allowing for change to take place. It addressed matters pertaining to Shariah law in depth and stated that Shariah and Western law are not incompatible and share many underlying values.

The lecture outlined seven key characteristics of the rule of law and emphasized their importance in creating a stable and free society. It mentioned the difficulty that all societies experience when faced with serious terrorist threats, and described how the rule of law can help maintain our freedoms in the face of such threats.

The lecture also explained how the rule of law is essential to business and a modern economy, without which society will not enjoy prosperity and progress. It discussed the way the rule of law can underpin stability, particularly during a period of transition, and how a wise ruler will seek to create and maintain a stable society where a successful economy will be underpinned by a structure of rights and liberties protected by law, but also limited by law.

Finally the lecture described how the rule of law can precede democratic structures, help build a commitment to human rights, support a constitutional monarchy and other ancillary issues necessary to protect and enhance a modern nation state.

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Monday 28 May 2012

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Monday 28 May 2012

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