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Introduction

Charles Sampford

in RETROSPECTIVITY AND THE RULE OF LAW

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780198252986
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681394 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198252986.003.0001
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‘Retrospectivity,’ loosely utilized by lawyers, can deal with any action or process on looking back on past things, which influence the occurrence of present and future events along with the people concerned. While humans have the rational faculty to present arguments regarding or associated with civil ‘rights,’ ‘justice,’ ‘democracy,’ and ‘the rule of law,’ these concepts are just mere objects of attaining a certain objective. Such terms are viewed to elicit authentic philosophical and theoretical predicaments about the manner on how to implement legal change to achieve an organized society subject to specific orders and regulations. However, this is not to generalize that all retrospective laws are all full of shortcomings. As what the subsequent chapters illustrate, retrospective legislation is not always common and uncontroversial, but can also be confined to a single political area.

Keywords: retrospectivity; legislative body; laws; well-ordered societies; politics; compliance; debates

Chapter.  3484 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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