The rule of law is a concept which is usually used to separate the civilized, law-abiding world from barbarism and criminality. This is a rhetorical device, rather than a working social principle, in modern usage. It does, however, have a meaning in terms of concepts of social structure, justice, and protection of rights. The original intention of the concept of the rule of law was to create a working framework of legal practice covering both government and members of a society. The practical applications of the rule of law are that people and their nations are governed by justice, not arbitrary powers.
Examples of Rule of Law:
Mosaic representing both the judicial and legislative aspects of law. Woman on throne holds sword to chastise the guilty and palm branch to reward the meritorious. Glory surrounds her head, and the aegis of Minerva signifies armor of righteousness and wisdom.