Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Constitutional JusticeA Liberal Theory of the Rule of Law$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

T. R. S. Allan

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199267880

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199267880.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 23 August 2019

Equal Justice and Due Process of Law

Equal Justice and Due Process of Law

Chapter:
(p.121) 5 Equal Justice and Due Process of Law
Source:
Constitutional Justice
Author(s):

T.R.S. ALLAN

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199267880.003.0005

The principles of equality and due process lie at the heart of the rule of law, when interpreted as an ideal of constitutionalism, based on each citizen's equal dignity. The meaning of the rule of law cannot be confined to matters of procedure, narrowly interpreted: ‘procedure’ is merely an aspect of ‘process’, whose integrity preserves the fundamental right of equality, or equal citizenship. Since due process supplements fair procedures by insisting on the application, by public officials, of appropriate criteria of decision, it imposes substantive limitations on their power. Legislative and administrative judgments alike must be made within a constitutional framework that identifies, and enforces, explicit and widely acknowledged precepts of justice. Conformity to these precepts ensures a genuine —substantive —equality of all before a law that serves a coherent (if capacious and adaptable) conception of the common good. This chapter discusses administrative justice and constitutional principle, judicial functions and executive agencies, and legislative classifications and the definition of ‘act of attainder’.

Keywords:   justice, constitutionalism, due process, administrative justice, constitutional principle, judicial functions, executive agencies, act of attainder, equal citizenship

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .