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Keywords:

  • rule of law;
  • political common-sense;
  • Bingham;
  • lawyers;
  • normative reproduction

In this review of the late Tom (Lord) Bingham's last book on the Rule of Law I briefly note that the rule of law has become an increasingly normal trope of (global) politics, before setting out Bingham's characterisation of the norm itself. I then ask how we might explain the ascendance of the term (in light of Bingham's lack of interest in the issue), such that Bingham's book might find a mainstream non-academic publisher.

Bingham, T. (2010) The Rule of Law. London: Allen Lane.