The Rule of Law and Normative Law


Firstly, law must be generally applicable. This requirement is reflected in the constitutional antipathy toward Bills of Attainder. General rules must operate impartially and impersonally, and law cannot function without them. In the context of a constitutional republic, this requirement means that the government should make specific laws only where there is a compelling public interest in doing so.

Principles of the Rule of Law

The rule of law is a fundamental value in a constitutional democracy. It ensures that the government and its agents act fairly and impartially. It also separates powers between the judiciary, legislature and the executive. These bodies are representative of the people and make laws that are accessible to the public. They are also impartial and should reflect the makeup of the communities they serve. In practice, the rule of law means that everyone is equal before the law.

The Rule of Law is a system of norms that govern a community. Its formal principles address the manner in which the community is governed, the processes used to administer norms, and the institutions that support them. More controversial are the substantive ideals that underlie a society’s rule of law.

Legal norms

Legal norms are the basic building blocks of the legal system. They bind legal subjects and specify their relationships. Unlike physical laws, legal norms are not mutually exclusive. The purpose of this paper is to introduce the concept of legal norms and their role in the legal system. We shall consider some examples of norms and their application in law.

Moral and political principles are often used to shape legal norms. One example is the principle of individual freedom. In a positive legal system, this principle is expressed in the right to contract. However, this principle does not imply that every contract be valid. For example, marriage contracts are void if they involve immoral behaviour. In these cases, principles of morality may be called ‘legal’ only in the sense of their influence and role in the creation of legal norms.

Normative values

Normative values in law can be a source of conflict in a law case. Whether a norm should be upheld depends on what moral arguments are used to defend it. However, these arguments can be mistaken, and it is possible for a judge to make a moral error. In addition, the legal community as a whole can make mistakes in interpreting the norms that it imposes.

There are many schools of thought on normative values in law. One school holds that normative statements are rationally defensible, and can be discussed and defended using reasoning. This is the practical reason school, which extends from Aristotle through Kant to Habermas. The other school, called emotivism, maintains that normative statements are merely expressions of emotion, and thus have no cognitive content.


Accessibility law is the legal framework for the provision of accessible services and products. It covers electronic devices, websites, digital documents, and e-commerce. The European Union has implemented these laws with the help of the EU Web Accessibility Directive (WCAG). In Canada, these laws have already been established. The Canadian Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination based on disability, and this law is intended to ensure that government services and products are accessible to people with disabilities.

The regulations apply to websites, mobile apps, and services provided by public sector bodies. Although the regulations do not specifically specify which services must be accessible, they mandate that all websites, mobile applications, and services meet international accessibility standards. Public sector organizations must meet these regulations by September 2020 or risk legal action if they fail to do so.

Conflicts over the Rule of Law

The rule of law is one of the cornerstones of a successful society. When this foundation is strong, there is a built-in mechanism to resolve conflicts, and outcomes are seen as fair and reasonable. The rule of law is also an important factor in economic, social, and political progress. For these reasons, it is important to strengthen rule of law as part of the 2030 Agenda.

The principle of rule of law has a history spanning back to ancient codes. It is a cornerstone of the humanitarian protection regime, and is essential to understanding and addressing reasons for statelessness. It is also an important element of international human rights norms. It involves measures to ensure equality before the law, separation of powers, participation in decision-making, and procedural transparency.