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Questions tagged [rule-of-law]

Rule of Law generally means that all citizens, regardless of station, are held to account to the standards set forth in law. In other words, nobody is "above the law". Use this tag to discuss the concept, as well as political instances where it is abused.

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Has Turkey explained how their larger “safe zone” is going to be different from what's going on in Afrin?

Reuters reports: The U.N. said more than 130,000 people have fled since the Turkish [Peace Spring] operation began. As Syrian Kurdish forces fall back, there are fears that those who remain will ...
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Can a judge throw the U.S. President in jail for contempt of court?

In USA there is this concept or "rule of law" that includes the principle that no one is above the law. About this the book "A Companion to the US Constitution and Its Amendments" (by John R. Vile) ...
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Why does the US Federal Election Commision currently not have quorum? [duplicate]

It's been mentioned in many news pieces about Yang's novel use of campaign funds that the US FEC cannot currently rule on it because it doesn't have quorum. So, why doesn't the FEC have quorum? It is ...
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What is the point of holding a committee with an empty chair?

In Don McGahn defies subpoena as Trump clash with Congress intensifies, the Guardian raises that: The House judiciary committee held a brief hearing on Tuesday morning in McGahn’s absence, with an ...
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Roughly how many US state judges have been charged with obstructing federal justice?

The media reported that a Massachusetts judge was charged with obstructing federal ICE agents after she allegedly let an (illegal) immigrant escape literally through the back door of her court. This ...
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Pardons and Sealed indictment

Can a presidential pardon release someone whom is charged in a sealed indictment that has not been unsealed and no charges have been filed at the time?
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Period evidence to refute the decision of Baron V Baltimore

In 1833, the decision of Baron v Baltimore established the concept that the Bill of Rights were not applicable to the States. Is there evidence from the ratification debates or debate conventions ...
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Why was the “Privileges and Immunities” clause not interpreted in this manner?

From the United States Constitution, Article IV, Section II, Clause I: The Citizens of each State shall be entitled to all Privileges and Immunities of Citizens in the several States. In the ...
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How democratic was Venezuela when Hugo Chavez was elected?

How democratic was Venezuela when Hugo Chavez was elected? Freedom of speech? Level of corruption? Rule of law?
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Are the intentions behind the Guarantee Clause an early incarnation of the concepts in the 14th Amendment?

TLDR/ Bottom Line Up Front: Is the Guarantee clause an attempt to empower the government to protect individual rights by constraining State Governments by the Rule of Law? Background This question ...
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What was the fate of the executives at the main Icelandic banks after the financial crisis?

A popular story (especially on the more left-leaning sites (e.g. "Iceland has jailed 26 bankers, why won't we?", "Iceland Has Jailed 29 Bankers. Why Can’t the UK and US Do the Same?", or "Iceland has ...
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What was the largest case of fraud involving TARP money (financial crisis bailout funds)?

There were hundreds of convictions for misusing TARP money given as bailout after the 2008 financial crisis. The US government set up the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) in October 2008 to ...
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How far up the banks' hierarchy did the LIBOR rigging convictions (and prosecutions) go?

It's been reported that a number of bank personnel were convicted for LIBOR rigging, although quite a few more were acquitted. Barclay's CEO and chairman both resigned following the scandal, but ...
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A country seeks help from EU

Can a developing country (say, Nepal) seek advisory and logistics help from the EU to upgrade/modify/modernize its state laws, police force, bureaucratic system, and so on? If yes, what would be EU's ...
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How can the Judicial Branch enforce its orders?

I got to thinking on this when reading this thread What happens if administration doesn't meet the deadline to reunify families? The answer talks about contempt and the possibility of sanctions / ...
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Can members of the US Congress lie during debate without penalty?

If a bill is being debated in the Senate or House, are there any rules or laws which prevent a member of congress from simply lying while making a speech for or against a bill? I'll propose this (...
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Why do some human rights organizations oppose elections?

It appears that in nation-building there are two schools of thought: one that advocates holding elections as soon as possible, and one that advocates that nations must reach a certain level before ...
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What are the most important fundamental problems with World Federalism?

World Federalism is a political view that promotes a world-wide federation as a means to secure peace among the subjects. The argument is that the rule of law has proven to be a reliable way to calm ...
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Has the UK spent millions of pounds to track a fugitive other than Assange?

From an answer to "Why is the British government so determined to arrest Julian Assange?": And now someone can tell me why it is not unusual that a government pays millions of pounds to track a ...
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Has the UK prosecuted or attempted to prosecute individuals other than Assange for jumping bail?

Has the UK prosecuted, or attempted to prosecute, individuals for jumping bail, or otherwise trying to evade the justice system, other than with Julian Assange? I had a look at the England and Wales ...
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Why bother stopping people from voting? [duplicate]

In Operation Anubis, the Spanish police attempted in various ways to stop the Catalan independence referendum, 2017 from taking place. I don't understand why the bother. The Spanish constitutional ...
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Have any jurisdictions made a large number of prosecutions for FGM?

Many governments publicly take actions that appear to oppose female genital mutilation, such as passing laws against doing it in their own jurisdiction, forbidding people from going to another ...
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Why does the pardon of Arpaio show contempt for the rule of law?

Much of the criticism of Trump's pardon of former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio has centered on the idea that this shows a disrespect for the "rule of law". For instance, John McCain said (as reported in ...
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Why does EU consider linking the “rule of law” to payments?

According to this article, EU Commissioner Günther Oettinger expressed about linking "rule of law" within a EU member with how much money that specific member can get: The possibility of tying ...
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Why aren't constitutional duties legally binding in India?

Why are the Fundamental Duties mentioned in the Indian Constitution not legally binding? Also, is there not a need to make them so?
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Is it typical for someone to be arrested over $20k violation of campaign finance laws?

Is it typical for someone to be arrested over $20k violation of campaign finance laws? A US citizen was recently arrested, the charges being over illegally donating $20,000 to a Senate campaign (note ...
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Why is the US still in a state of emergency?

The US has been in a state of emergency since the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001. It was declared by George W. Bush and ex-President Obama extended it. What is the exact reason for this extension, ...
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Are there any offices in the USA that require loyalty to the President?

In the USA, acting attorney general Sally Yates was fired, apparently because she considered that an executive order by the President was unlawful and instructed staff not to defend the order in court....
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Can political protests have a significant impact immediately after the general elections? [closed]

Let me try to set up the context first: Romania, East European developing country, ex-behind the Iron Curtain, now in NATO and European Union. The following events have actually happened. Some ...
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Is it a general principle that federal contractors have to follow the same rules as the U.S. Government?

House Republicans just passed the Maloney amendment, which supports President Obama's Executive Order 13672. For those who don't know, that executive order states that the federal government is not ...
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Any sources on day to day governance in the ancient world? [closed]

I’m looking for good sources on governance in the ancient world. Specifically, I’m trying to find sources that can help me from the development of a new city (ie something like the foundation of a ...
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Can I sue the government for not enforcing criminal laws?

A year after the 2014 Bundy standoff, the U.S. government has failed to arrest the members of a group that threatened law enforcement officers with deadly force. Can an individual or legal (a ...
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Why hasn't Robert Mugabe ordered the death of all remaining European-descended Zimbabweans?

Robert Mugabe has basically become a pariah dictator in his country of Zimbabwe. There is now distrust, hostility, and complete separation between him and Europe. His actions over the past decade ...
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Statistics on those who completed prison term by country

I wonder if there is any statistics by country on the percent of population that have completed a prison sentence or were sentenced. So far I only found statistics on the percentage of currently ...
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when will we hear the results of this court case? [closed]

There was a senior who was suspended for self defense. He's suing the school. I heard the court was going to hear his case. This is really another question about the zero tolerance policy, but really ...
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Is the Senate required to pursue a trial if presented with articles of impeachment?

The current make up of the congress could potentially lead to a situation where the House was able to draft, and pass articles of impeachment against the sitting president. However, the Senate is ...
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Where is the process for Presidential Impeachment codified?

The US Constitution Article 2 Section for states: The President, Vice President and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, ...
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Does the US Policy allowing targeted assasination of Americans suspected of being terrorists violate the constitution?

http://openchannel.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/02/04/16843014-exclusive-justice-department-memo-reveals-legal-case-for-drone-strikes-on-americans?lite A confidential Justice Department memo concludes ...
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Does the head-of-state pardon violate separation of powers?

In a rechtsstaat, separation of powers in legislative, executive, and judicial powers provides some protection to the civilians and reduces the power of government. In some legislations, however, the ...
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What is the head-of-state pardon for?

I've read that the King of Thailand pardoned 30,000 prisoners on his birthday this year. They are said to be all sick, elderly or close to the end of their sentence. But it seems strange anyway. The ...