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Charles Sampford, Jennie Louise, Sophie Blencowe, and Tom Round

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780198252986

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198252986.001.0001

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Conclusions and consequences for the Rule of Law

Conclusions and consequences for the Rule of Law

(p.257) 7 Conclusions and consequences for the Rule of Law

Charles Sampford

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Generally speaking, the whole volume aims to challenge the conventional and seemingly uncontroversial field of retrospective law making, which is viewed as a system addressing human rights violation and abuse of authority. Based on actual examples cited from several countries, retrospectivity is not an absolute system of thoughts; not even exotic and rare, but a usual circumstance. Debates such type of legislation revolve on the propositions and the elements of the Rule of Law as well as on the reliance level of citizens toward the established rules and regulations. Maltreatment, violence and exploitation are some of the offensive conducts that does not only require significant attention from the court officials, but also, the victims of these acts demand reliable and consistent justice system. That is why, despite the flaws of retrospective laws, these are still believed to contribute to the formation and the development of well-ordered societies.

Keywords:   retrospective law making, human rights, abuse of authority, legal system, Rule of Law

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