Googling the equivalence of private arbitrary power and state arbitrary power: why the Rule of Law does not relate to private relationships

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The contributions to this Special Issue, and the books to which they relate, are premised on the idea that the Rule of Law relates to private relationships. I challenge that idea. By exploring solely theoretical ideas, I argue that the Rule of Law- A s it is usually defined-does not relate to private relationships and, in consequence, the nexus necessary to invoke a Rule of Law-solution in the circumstances outlined in the books is absent.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)154-159
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Law in Context
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2021


  • Rule of Law
  • Google
  • Arbitrary Power
  • Private
  • Public

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