Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies Stanford University


Rule of Law? Whose Law?

Working Paper

Gerhard Casper - Stanford University

Issued by
CDDRL Working Papers, page(s): 28
August 2004

The rule of law is a concept much in use to identify what is missing in many countries. It is a widespread and frequently repeated truism that the world in general, and the developing world in particular, needs "the rule of law." Most people do not have a very precise idea of what they mean when they invoke the rule of law. The reference is rich in historical and doctrinal connotations and therefore suggestive of meaning that is, however, hard to pin down.