Rule of Law, Ancien Regime & European Union

This Post is a brief presentation of Epis’ book:The Meaning of Rule of Law.

This book reports studies that the writer did at the University of Cambridge in 2005/2006.

Nevertheless, this Post is useful for an understanting of: “what” the Principium of Rule of Law is; and “why” I affirmed that the European Union acted sometimes in violation of the principium of Rule of Law, looking a “new form” of Ancien Regime.

Even though the writer believes that:
1) a corpus of legal values should be written inside each Constitution;
2) and Judges, Lawyers and People, have the duty to defend those values against the tendency of the Power to go beyond them; …
… the study affirms that:
1) on one hand, the principium of Rule of Law (and/or Supremacy of Law) does not include a corpus of legal principles (and/or values) inside itself, as somebody affirmed;
2) on the other hand, the principium of Supremacy of Law means a more important legal value: the SUPREMACY of LAW ABOVE the POWER.

It was a Revolution, when Power believed to be above the Law.

It happened, exempli gratia, in France during the Ancien Regime.

Sovereigns, Nobles and whoever had some kind of Power, believed to be above the Law. They were used to act above Law.

Viola P. (1994) gave an example of this. He reported an anecdote happened between the Duke of Orleans and the King of France. When the Duke of Orleans said to the King: “Majesty, but it is illegal!”, the king answered: “No, It is legal because I will”.

The principium of Supremacy of the Law had the aim to end these kinds of Legal Systems. It states that everyone is under the Law.

Sovereigns, Nobles, Bureaucrats, Banks and Financial Powers, are all under the Law.

In other words, they have to comply with the Law. If they do not, they are an Arbitrary Power.

The latter is a Power that: either, it is not given by a Law; or, it is used without following the right procedures, which bind the exercise of that power.

As Power tends to go beyond its limitations, there is Arbitrary Power also inside our modern Legal Systems.

The principium of Supremacy of Law, hence, is still frequently violated. It is proved by some recent events happened inside the European Union and Institutions.

For example, when the President of Euro-group decided to exclude Greece, Varoufakis told him to be illegal (as the Duke of Orleans told to the King of France during the Ancien Regime). So, Varoufakis asked for a legal advice.

The lawyers and bureaucrats of the European Union answered him that the President of Euro-group could act as he/she wants! This is as the Euro-group does not exist for the Law!!

Hence, they argued: the Euro-group is above the Law!!!!!

In other words, the European Union answered like the King of France during the Ancien Regime.

But, if the Euro-group does not exist, the Euro-group is not above the Law.

Actually, all the Powers, Decisions and Acts, of the Euro-group are illegal, unlawful, illegitimate. This is told by the principium of Supremacy of Law.

On the contrary, the European Union is a New Ancien Regime. Nothing more! Nothing less!

So, how is it possible that the principium of Supremacy of Law is still violated, nowadays?

This is as the principium of Supremacy of Law was reduced by Power to be a simulacre a là Bauderillard (1981).

Power makes people forget its true meaning. It was done with a very easy game. A new set of meanings were put inside Supremacy of Law. All of them were pleasant, agreeable and fashionable, principles. But, they were also void principles as much as they were pleasant. At the end, people have forgotten the real meaning of Supremacy of Law.

Power started again to act above the Law a là Ancien Regime!!

Epis L., The Meaning of Rule of Law. Link to the e-book: The Meaning of Rule of Law – Book

Rule of Law and English Legal System (PART III: Raz; Allan; Law’s Mystification)

RAZ AND ALLAN (University of Oxford versus University of Cambridge)

Raz (1979) and Allan (1993) are two of the most influential Lawyers in England, at the present time. Hence, we should examine their political idea.

As Dicey did, they gave to Role of Law some different meanings. They attempted to “re-define” Rule of Law as a set of Moral and Legal Principles. But, their attempts have leaded to create a contradictory and nebulous concept, as I told supra (above).

It is not a case that: everyday legal practice has refuted what they affirmed.

Their different views are expression of the Historical Rivalry between the two Universities.

RAZ

Raz (1979) attempted to challenge the “skeptic” view.

According to Raz, “rule of law is a political ideal which a legal system may lack or may possess to a greater or lesser degree”. From this idea, some “substantial” principles can be derived by Intuition[1].

But, Raz’s theory is in contradiction with English Legal History and Legal Practice.

“All law should be prospective”. Are You sure? Do You remember “Gold Standard”? Have you heard about the University of Cambridge?

One of the principles, which Raz got by Intuition, was: “All law should be prospective …”. Whereas this principle appears to be true inside most of the Legal Traditions (exempli gratia, Italian one), it is false inside English Legal System!!

English Parliament, for example, violates this “principle” in 1931 with “gold standard”. The Government ordered to the Bank of England to not exchange Notes into Gold. Then, the Parliament: both, created an Act, which made “the paper currency inconvertible”; and, ratified all the illegal actions done by the Government and the Bank of England before the Act (Jennings I. 1959). In English Tradition, Banks and Financial Matters have always been above Law!!

Also at the University of Cambridge, this principle is not followed at all. An example is given in the Appendix[2].

“Law must be capable of guiding the behaviour of its subjects” & its Logic Inferences! 

Raz tried to infer some logical consequences from his basic Intuition: “law must be capable of guiding the behaviour of its subjects”. But, these deductions are: according to the Formal Logic, invalid; according to the Logic of Value, a rhetorical game, a sophism. Nothing more! Nothing less!

First, Raz confused the Principium of Supremacy of Law with a judgment about Law’s Nature and Aim.

Second, Raz put together some ideas that he gathered from different historical experiences. Then, he told them to be a logic consequence of his basic “Intuition”!!

Next, Raz pretended to have used Formal Logic for inferring them. But, he could not. Law is a normative language. Formal Logic can be used only within descriptive language. The Logic of Value, on the contrary, can be used with normative language. But, the latter is just Rhetoric, Sophists’ Art, for supporting some argumenta instead of some others. It does not allow inferring anything of true or valid!!

In other words, Raz forgot the Law of Hume. Yet, Hume was Scottish. So, it is normal that Oxford men do not like him!

Law of Hume; Formal Logic and Logic of Values

The Law of Hume is an important criterium of demarcation between empirical facts and not empirical facts. The Law of Hume defines the boundaries between the Realm of Formal Logic and the Realm of Logic of Values. Only in the former: both, the statements can be evaluated in terms of true and false; and, the reasonings in terms of valid and invalid. In the letter, none of them are possible.

This is as everything is just: a political choice; a game of rhetoric; a sophism; a decision made to defend some interests against others. The Logic of Value, or New Rhetoric a là Perelman, does NOT permit any control on: both, validity; and, truth; … about what it is said.

So, Raz cannot apply the formal logic within the normative language[3]!!

As a result, he put inside to Rule of Law his Political ideas.

All in all

Raz made several mistakes. They were so huge that: if students had made them, they would not have passed their exams!!

Soooo …,

… why has Raz’s theory been so influential?

It was only because he was a Lecture of the University of Oxford. Indeed, everybody, who supported his theory, was used to say: “ipse dixit”!; “ipse dixit”!; “ipse dixit”!.

INTERLUDE: OBITER DICTUM (Social Psychology; Rousseau; Hobbes)

Social Psychology is something of exhilarant. Social Psychology is one of the few disciplines that are worth to be studied in Psychology. Social Psychology shows how the Worst of Human Behaviours is not the outcome of individual dispositions and/or traits, but the results of psychosocial mechanisms such as: conformism; social pressure (Asch S. E., 1951, 1955 a, 1995 b, 1956); compliance to Authority (Milgram S., 1963, 1965, 1974; Hofling C. K. et al. 1966; Brief et al. 1991; Brief et al. 1995); groupthink (Esser J. K., 1998; Esser J. K. and Lindoerfer J. S., 1989; Moorhead G. et al. 1991); effect of mere exposition (Zajonc R., 1968); social norms (Sherif M., 1935, 1936, 1937); social identity (Zimbardo, P. G. 1972, Prison’s Experiment);  etc…; etc… .

Truly, each individual is a genius (a real GENIUS), and “endless” GOOD a là Rousseau (Emile), until he/she is NOT corrupted by society. Society “transmutes” its members in “stupid beasts” (a là Hobbes)!! If the group’s stupidity is increased, the person’s foolishness and brutality are also increased!! So …, both Rousseau and Hobbes are right. Human beings born “endless good” in their natural state as Rousseau stated. Then, society makes them become “stupid beasts” as Hobbes (and even Rousseau) argued. But, Hobbes was wrong when he suggested his Leviathan. A central power (which: decreases individual rights and liberties; and, enhances social control) creates and enhances only brutality. It will increase social conflict and violence as it produces a permanent captivity. The Global Panopticon makes this be even stronger. Indeed, Hobbes’ ideas[4] were developed in England under a Central Power. Hobbes had never known human beings in their Natural State, but he knew English people educate at the University of Oxford!! The brutal and violent human beings, who he knew, were the result of that kind of society and education. Hobbes wanted to ingratiate himself with the existing Central Power, when he wrote the Leviathan.

The groupthink, the conformism, the social pressure, the compliance to Authority, the social identity, leads people to act irrationally. Under those factors, people lose their natural and original ability to act like intelligent and moral beings.

Indeed, the Psychosocial Mechanisms tend to prevail onto Individual’s REASON and MORALITY[5]. Rarely are individuals an exception! The Academic World, indeed, is moved by those mechanisms. The same psychologists, who pretend to know them, are determined more than others by them[6]! Psychologists do not help individual freedom and determination, but social homologation. This is a fact. We should not be surprised that a recent experiment has found people to be more inclined to compliance to Authority than they were at Milgram’s time. But, this is very dangerous. As History taught and proved, all the Worst Things, which happened in the Human History, happened when the compliance to Authority prevailed onto individual reasoning and determination.

At the end, the psychosocial mechanisms have to be considered for studying any Social and Psychological Science and Construct, as they work: both, intra the experts’ group; and, infra the experts’ group. Psychosocial mechanisms are the deus ex machina.

An Example of Psychosocial Mechanisms in Legal Setting         

During a Civil hearing, a Judge invented a regulation that did not exist. He was not crazy. He wanted: both, to state his power; and, to taste the ability of lawyers to defend legality. He took the Code of Civil Procedure and he pretended to read a regulation. But, he invented one completely.

At the hearing, twenty lawyers (more or less) were present for different reasons. None of them recognized the mistake. Only one person (who was NOT a Lawyer, yet[7]) was able to recognize that the Judge was inventing the regulation! He took the Code and started to read the real one, meanwhile all the rest of the lawyers continued to believe at the inexistent regulation that the Judge invented[8]!! It was extremely amazing to see them!! After the mistake was clarified, some of the expert Lawyers continued to believe in the inexistence regulation!! Outside the Court’s room, they argued that maybe it was not on the Code, but in some other Act!?!?!?

Back to Raz

To sum up, the success of Raz’s theory cannot be explained by legal reasons. But, it can be elucidated by those psychosocial mechanisms, I told supra (above).

People believed in Raz’s theory as he was a Lecturer of the University of Oxford. It was enough for them. It was not a matter that his theory was nonsense inside the English Legal Tradition!!

PAINE VERSUS BURKE: GENERAL WILL AND HISTORICAL EXPERIENCES

English Legal System, indeed, is not based: either, on ontological principles (a là Natural Law); or, General Will (a là Paine). It is based on historical rights (a là Burke). The latters have been created by, and reflected the, pro tempore relations of Power among people and social strata / classes.

The General Will a là Paine, indeed, requests a Social Contract. In other words, the Social Contract is the Written Constitution of a Nation. Whereas most of the Modern Legal Systems are based on a Written Constitution, English Legal System is NOT.

English Legal System is, in somehow, still based on Historical Rights a là Burke. This means people’s rights: both, do not come from any eternal ontological principle; and, do not come from any social contract. But, people’s rights come from the pro tempore relations of power that are negotiated, continuously, inside the social conflict and dynamics.

For these reasons, the Westminster Parliament: both, has no limit; and, cannot be bound by its previous decisions.

It can enact what it pleases, as whatever it pleases to the Parliament represents and reflects the pro tempore rights and relations of power that have been determined by the eternal social conflict.

An example of a Legal System a là Burke.

An example of a Legal System a là Burke is given by the International Law.

After the Second World War, the International Tribunal of Nuremberg (1945) and Tokyo (1946) were created. They were an act of creation made by the Winners. These Tribunals did not comply: either, with the ongoing International Law; or, with existing eternal international principles. It was a mere act of creation, which was able to transmute the International Law: from, a Law for States a la’ Grotius; to, a Legal System that includes individuals like possible titular of rights and duties a la’ Kelsen. It was simply as: the pro tempore “most powerful” a là Trasimacus wanted it. Nothing more! Nothing less!

Before the International Tribunal of Nuremberg (1945) and Tokyo (1956), this has never happened.

For instance, after the First World War, this kind of proposal was considered impossible. France and England proposed the creation of a Tribunal for processing the German Imperator “… for supreme offence against international morality and sanctity of treaties” (Greppi E., 2001). But, according to the International Law, it was unmanageable as International Law refers only to States’ responsibilities. International law could not be applied to individuals (Orlando V., 1940).

Although the English Prime Minister Lloyd and his French colleague Clemenceau argued the existence of two legal precedencies (the cases of Luis XVI, in France; and Charles I, in England), the wisest and sagest Italian Prime Minister Orlando (an outstanding jurist) observed that both of them were a legal precedence only inside the National Law, but not inside the International Law.

They simply stated that a sovereign can be judged according to the National Law.  But, they do not say that International Law can be applied directly onto individuals, even if they are organs of the State (such as: imperator).

ALLAN

Whereas Raz started from Intuition, Allan (1993) began from the “general living idea” (which English lawyers have about Rule of Law). According to Allan, English Lawyers understand Rule of Law as “… an amalgam of standards, expectations, and aspirations”. Rule of Law “encompasses traditional ideas about individual liberty and natural justice, and, more generally, idea about the requirements of justice and fairness in relations between government and governed”.

Allan’s method was better than Raz’s method. As I explained supra (above), English Legal Tradition is not based onto ontological principles, but historical rights. Hence, Allan (who has been a finer lawyer than Raz) wanted to start from the pro tempore idea, which Lawyers had at that time, about Rule of Law.

Unfortunately, Rule of Law lost its deep meaning. What he found was a simulacre, as I explained supra (above).

Rule of Law like: Substantial and Procedural Fairness; Natural Justice; Equality; Separation of Powers … Where and When!?!? Have you ever been at the University of Cambridge?!?!?

According to Allan, Rule of Law expresses the: concept of Justice (substantial and procedural fairness); notion of Equality; Universal Suffrage; Separation of Power.

Actually, Allan failed to formulate a descriptive theory of the Rule of Law. Allan presented: either, his own Legal and Political idea about Rule of Law; or, the pro tempore more fashionable Legal and Political idea, which English Lawyers had about Rule of Law at that time.

But, Rule of Law is not what Allan said! The facts give opposite evidences.

For instance, Rule of Law does not include at all, the separation of Power.

Separation of Power and English Legal System   

Rule of Law has nothing to do with Separation of Powers.

Separation of Power is a different “subject matter” (Conklin W. E., 1989). Moreover, it is NOT a principle of English constitutionalism.

Although one of the first philosophers, who formulated the doctrine of the Separation of Power, was John Locke in the 1690; the English Constitution has never ever recognized any real division of Powers, as it was done, exempli gratia, in France and/or in U.S.A. (Fenwick, 1993).

According to Fenwick (1993), the division of Powers inside the English Constitution does not exist. There is nothing of Montesquieu’s ideas.

The “judges can create law”.

“The ministers, who are member of executive, sit as members of the House of Commons which is a legislative body”.

“Lord Chancellor is a minister as well as head of the judiciary, and it is also a member of the House of Lords in its legislative capacity”.

“The executive can effectively determinate the legislative output of Parliament, theoretically a separate body”.

On the same advice, Schwartz B. (1955) stated “in Britain the doctrine of the separation of powers today means little more than an independent judiciary”.

English constitutionalism is based on the fusion of Powers rather than their separation (Barendt E., 1998). According to Bagehot W., “the efficient secret of English … constitution may be described as the close union, the nearly complete fusion, of the executive and legislative powers”.

This is confirmed by the Report of the Committee on the Ministers’ Power (1932): “In the English constitution there is not such thing as the absolute separation of legislative, executive, and juridical power; in practice it is inevitable that they should overlap”.

This is an evidence of how everything, REAL EVERYTHING, can be put inside a simulacrum!

Universal Suffrage

Universal Suffrage is not part of Rule of Law at all. It is a political choice, a legal principle and/or value, which is completely autonomous, independent, from Rule of Law. Otherwise, the same English Legal History has confuted Universal Suffrage to be an aspect of Rule of Law!!

Equality

I have already spoken about it, when I wrote about the second principle of Dicey.

Procedural and Substantial Fairness … Does Allan remember when a Graduate Student of the Faculty of Law invoked Rule of Law at the University of Cambridge? What has it happened to …Fairness?  

Rule of Law does not include any procedural and substantial fairness as it is proved by English Legal History and Practice. On the contrary, it requests only the formal respect of the Law.

Indeed, when Rule of Law is not applied like Supremacy of the Law above Power, Rule of Law expresses the principle of Formal Validity. Nothing more! Nothing less!

But, it is more fashionable to tell people that English Legal Tradition overflow of Fairness (procedural and substantial fairness)! However, this is just political propaganda. They are empty words, behind which there is a simple principle of Formal Validity. That is all, Folks!!

Unfortunately, even this principle of Formal Validity is not respected most of the time. So, Rule of Law, at the end, loses all its meanings. Under the sermons about fairness, there is nothing.

An example of this happened at the University of Cambridge, Faculty of Law. It happened where, the best Lawyers were. It is reported in the appendix.

It shows how Rule of Law is not applied: either, like formal validity; or, procedural and substantial fairness. But, it is applied as: both, Power can do whatever it pleases; and, Authority can and must use its powers to hide its own responsibilities.

Fairness is an “inexistent” reality. It exists as long as people are forced to be silent. It exists as long as all the abuses, unlawfulness and illegalities, are hidden.

RULE OF LAW LIKE PRINCIPLE OF FORMAL VALIDITY

To sum up, Rule of Law is the less evocative name of the principium of Supremacy of the Law above the Power.

It means two basic things.

First, it affirms that any Power to be legitimate have to be: both, given by Law; and, used complying with the procedures and porpoises that Law stated.

Second, for anyone in any position, it affirms a principle of formal validity. This principle requests people to obey and to apply Law.

In other words, Rule of Law is the basic command of a Legal System.

The principium of the Sovereignty of the Parliament, on the contrary, states that Parliament is the only subject that it is above Law. This is why Parliament: both, can create and change the Law; and, cannot be bound by previous Law.

These principles are not a tautology as Raz (1977) affirmed. They are the two basic constituents of any modern Legal System. Without them, the modern Legal Systems cannot exist. Without them, only Ancient Regime and despotism exists.

I have to make a clarification.

This principle makes a distinction between two situations. In the first one, a person has some kind of power onto other persons. In the second one, there is not the former condition. In the first case, it is allowed to do only what the Law allows to do. In the second case, it is allow doing everything, except what the Law denies.

Replying to the critics about this idea of Rule of Law

Rule of Law, as I postulated, has been accused to be unable to distinguish between a despotic government and a democratic one (Turpin C., 1995; Raz 1977). These critics are unjustified and unfounded for the reasons I have explained supra (above).

Actually, Rule of Law can distinguish between a despotic government and a democratic one, only, and only if, it means Supremacy of the Law above Power. Truly, the distinction between despotic governments and democratic governments cannot be done by a concept of Rule of Law, which is reduced to be a nebulous and vague concept as some authors have done.

As I explained, it makes Rule of Law become a simulacre of its real meaning. It has two consequences: first, the attention is moved from Supremacy of Law above Power to something else; second, Rule of Law becomes a vague concept, an instrument of Legal Mystification a là Bentham. In the latter case, Rule of Law can be applied in different manners from case to case. At the end, a Despotic Government will be possible behind the appearance of a Democratic one!!

There is only one way to distingue between despotic governments and democratic governments. The democratic governments need three elements:

  1. Rule of Law applied like Supremacy of Law above Power;
  2. a corpus of fundamental principles and values written inside a Constitution (Social Contract);
  3. Judges, Lawyers and people, who are brave enough to defend those values against the tendency of Power to go beyond them.

Without these three conditions, there is only a despotic government. It could be more evident (overt) or more veiled (covert), but it remains a despotic government.

Although English constitution is “one of the first” (Boutmy E., 1891), it has not evolved into lex scripta. English Lawyers, instead of attempting to create a corpus of legal values, have tried to put some of them inside Rule of Law. But, it was the wrong choice. It leads to create vague concepts as I have told.

On one hand, according to Jeffrey Jowell (2000), some authors attempted to transform Rule of Law in a principle of institutional morality, as it was the only instrument they had to: both, limit “the abuse of power”; and, force power to be fairly exercised.

On the other hand, English lawyers love ambiguous concepts, despite lex scripta[9]. This is as: “Whoever hath an absolute authority to interpret any written or spoken laws, it is he who is truly the lawgiver, to all intents and purposes, and not the person who first spoke or wrote them” (Bishop Hoadly, 1717). Ambiguous concepts give Lawyers far more power to be free to interpret Law as they like. This allows Law to be applied in very different ways from case to case, as it was argued by Bentham. It is an instrument of Legal Mystification.

LAW’S MYSTIFICATION

Bentham described five instruments for mystifying Law. But, mystification is not only a legal issue. It is a common Social and Psychological Sciences affair[10].

Bentham’s five mystification instruments

The first instrument employs descriptive instead of normative statements. This allows full arbitrary power. Those statements become: for someone, compulsory commands; for someone else, not obligatory directives.

The second instrument uses wide and void concepts. They can be interpreted, from time to time, from person to person, as one likes.

The third instrument applies legal simulation. They make fiction become more important than facts.

The fourth instrument engages pseudo-descriptive statements. They are in their appearance descriptive, but they tend to lead people: conducts; and, beliefs.

The fifth instrument involves pseudo-technique language. It makes the discourse be incomprehensible for profane people.

Rule of Law and Legal Mystification

Rule of Law had its own clear meaning. It expressed the principium of the Supremacy of the Law above the Power.  Then, it was made a nebulous and void concept.

In this way, its original meaning has been weakened. So, it has become an instrument of mystification since it began to be a nebulous concept.

Exempli gratia.

From one hand, people believe to live in a Legal System based on: procedural and substantial fairness; equality; and plenty of other noble principles.

On the other hand, they do not simply “exist”! They are NOT for everyone! They are applied in very different manners from case to case.

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[1] Intuition seems to be a characteristic of the University of Oxford’s actual Jurisprudence. Also Finnis, indeed, based all his work about Natural Law and Natural Rights on Intuition!

[2] See Appendix, Does “Rule of Law” mean that “All law should be prospective” a là Raz? NO, NO, NO, and still NO! Rarely have I seen a desperate case as You are! … But … wait a moment. Who is Raz? Here at Cambridge, we have never ever heard about Him. Here at Cambridge, we do not say that name!

[3] There is only one case where it is possible. The structure of the sentence is a syllogism. The main assumption is given by the Legal Norms.  The second assumption is given by the Facts. The conclusion is given by the logic consequence between these two assumptionsYet, this syllogism tells only: the formal structure of the sentence is logic. It does NOT tell anything (at all) about the content of the two assumptions. Both of them can be false and untrue. Thus, a logic conclusion can be made by false/invalid assumptions.

[4] Exempli gratia : Homo Homini Lupus est; Bellum omnium contra omnes ; etc… .

[5] The present writer studied plenty of these phenomena mainly among: Psychologists; Legal and Academic Contexts; Neighbour’s relations; Group’s dynamics.

[6] Actually, psychologists are the worst of all. They are so obsessed to appear normal, that they tend always to:

  • comply with Authority’s Requests (it does not matter how much they are illegitimate, illegal and/or amoral);
  • Homologate them(selves) to the groupthink;
  • Etc… .

They consider mentally ill, whoever acts outside the Normal Distribution. Thus, they enslave themselves inside the Normal Distribution they created. Then, they attempt to enslave all the rest of people inside their Normal Distribution!! At the end, they are both prisoners and gaoler of a New Tyranny: the theocracy of the idol Homologation. Like Procuste, they cut out everything they believe to be outside the standards they give!

[7] And, then who chose to not become like them!

[8] This shows how much strong social mechanisms and Authority obedience are.

People tend to follow uncriticallyAuthority; and Majority!!!!!

But, … remember the lemmings! Remember the lemmings! Remember the lemmings before following the Majority!!!!!

[9] Latin for: written Law.

[10] In particular, it is very common in Psychology. The present writer has studied plenty of cases of Mystification, which were done by Psychologists. Moreover, whereas Law is bound by facts, Psychology is not. Most of the things, psychologists say, are only their own fantasy! Psychology is only a game of interpretation. So, it is very easy for them to abuse of their power and position. See: Epis L. (2011/2015), De Nova SuperstitioneAlcune Questioni sullo Status Epistemologico della Psicologia, Psicopatologia e Psicanalisi. Published in: www.lukae.it. See page “Psychology & Epistemology – Psicologia & Epistemologia”.

Rule of Law and English Legal System (APPENDIX: A Student’s Complaint. How the University of Cambridge deals with Students’ Complaints. An Ordinary Case)

APPENDIX

If someone wants to take a real sample, of how a Legal System works; one has to go in a place, where the MOST CLEVEREST Lawyers and Criminologists are.

I went to the University of Cambridge. There, I took my sample.

At that time, the University of Cambridge was second in the World Rank. The Institute of Criminology (which is part of the Faculty of Law) was at the first place in the World Rank like Discipline.

Hence, it was a very good sample of Lawyers and Psychologists.

The FACTS are REAL, even if: they are written with satirical and ironical style; and, names are avoided.

Although the Lawyers were unable to defend and to guarantee Legality (Fairness and Individual Rights), the worst things have been done by Criminologists.

University of Cambridge and Law’s Mystification   

We are Girton, Super Girton, No one likes us but we do not care

Girton College’s song.

PROLOGUE

Up on the time …

… there was a wonderful, gorgeous and nice, Graduate Student, who went to the University of Cambridge for studying Criminology.

He wanted to learn to defend Liberty and Freedom against wicked felons. He believed, strongly and firmly, to meet the Most Honest, Brave and Upright, Peoples there, but … a capricious and unpredictable Fate wanted to show Him something else!

At that time, Fate was walking in Elysium. While Luis Velez de Guevara and Alain-Renè Lesage were arguing about a book, He met them. Fate thought to be unusual, inside that Place of Peace and Harmony, so Much Ado for Nothing! Therefore, he moved forward them. After they explained Him, the most important reasons of their right disagreement, Fate decided to read: both, the Luis Velez de Guevara’s book (El Diablo Cojuelo)[1]; and, Alain-Renè Lesage’s book (Le Diable Boiteaux)[2].

Fate found both of them so enjoyable that, after having learnt about hypocrisy, falseness and insincerity, of Spanish and French peoples, … he asked to the writers: “why don’t we give a look at English elite’s hypocrisy?”.

Both the writers, … for some forgotten historical reasons …, were so pleased and delighted at the idea, who prayed and implored Fate to make this happen!

Hence, they chose like sample, the best English Elitist University, the University of Cambridge. But, they had a disagreement about the protagonist. Luis wanted a Spanish one; Alain-Renè a French one.  Therefore, Fate decided to call another writer, William Shakespeare, for making the choice. Shakespeare said: “No English person can write like Italians do. Actually, Italians do everything better than others. I was indeed (surely not English but) Italian. My real name is Michelagnolo Florio. Hence, I choose that gorgeous, witty and ironical, Italian Student”. Michelagnolo indicated an Italian One, who was arriving at Wolfson Court (Girton College’s Graduate Accommodations) right at that moment.

Fate said: “so, we decided; so, it is; so, events will be”.

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METAPHORICALLY SPEAKING … AFTER “STAR WARS” A NEW SAGA: “CAMBRIDGE WARS”!!!!!

Whereas people believe University of Cambridge to be a “paradise” (which is inhabited by gentle, pure and honest, bright people), it should be also described (metaphorically speaking a là Star Wars) like a Sith’s Academy (where the Chancellor and his Senate passed to the Dark Side of the Force!!).

If I want to describe you everything, I will need the time to run a new Star Wars’ Saga.  Hence, I will be very brief. I will describe you, few of the events that become object of a legal proceeding, which is strongly connected with the principium of Supremacy of Law.

But, thanks the metaphorical language, you can understand why … one Cambridge’s Student decided to: become a Rebel; and, refuse his title and his sit at the Senate offered by the Chancellor!!

Like Master Yoda, he preferred the exile from the Empire!!!!!

This is the History of how an enjoyable Girtonian Student (who has never ever been a dissident) became Rebel against Power!!

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THE REAL MEANING OF “RULE OF LAW” FOR CAMBRIDGE OFFICERS AND LAWYERS

Although the Cambridge Academics and Lawyers (such as: Allan) stated “in the Public Squares and Streets” that Rule of Law encompasses ideas about: Individual Liberty; Natural Justice; Substantial and Procedural Fairness; Equality; etc…; etc…; … their real idea is another one.

They believe themselves above the Law. They believe Power above the Law. They do not apply Rule of Law: either, like a principle of Formal Validity; or, like a principle of Substantial and Procedural Fairness, etc… .

Does “Rule of Law” mean Supremacy of Law above Power? NO, of course! Are You Fool for believing this? Remember my son, … People, who disagrees with Power, are Deviant and Mentally Insane.

At the University of Cambridge, Rule of Law is NOT applied like Supremacy of Law above Power.

Some examples are here infra (below).

Example number 1: Degree Committee of Law

The Statutes and Ordinances of the University of Cambridge give to the Degree Committees some powers. The Degree Committees can exercise them, but they must respect the Law. According to the principium of Supremacy of Law, Degree Committees’ decisions are valid only, and only if, Degree Committees respect the procedures, which discipline their activity.

Well, the University of Cambridge’s Degree Committees were used to make decisions without respecting the procedures. Exempli gratia, they were used to decide without having the quorum, the legal members’ number that must be present for having a lawful deliberation!! Moreover, members were used to sit and to vote when they were in conflict of interest!! Furthermore, members were unable to see that some of the Reports, which they had to consider for their decision, were missing!! In addition, other information, which were reported, were false!!

Even the Board of Graduate Studies, which has the duty to verify the regularity of the procedures, made all its decisions: on one hand, without having most of the Reports (!!); on the other hand, using false information (!!). Some members of the Board were also in conflict of Interest. The Board was used to act above the Law.

So, we should not be surprised if even the Board, which declared to have deeply verified the regularity (!!), did NOT recognize HUGE ILLEGALITIES, which were self-evident by the same documentation they: either, received; or not received (for the missing reports!!). Actually, the Board itself created and added most of those irregularities and illegalities to hide the previous unlawfulness!!

But, they are simply very few of the irregularities and unlawfulness, which were made by the Degree Committee of Law and Board of Graduate Studies. Actually, they did not comply at all with any of the rules they had to follow and to obey!!

In other words, the Degree Committee of Law (which is composed by the most outstanding lawyers and criminologists) and the Board of Graduate Studies believed themselves to be above Law. Hence, they did not have any problem to make unlawful decisions.

Example number 2: Board of Graduate Studies

The Board of Graduate Studies of the University of Cambridge had the duty to pass the complaint, which the Graduate Student sent to the Review Committee, to the Review Committee.

The Board of Graduate Studies did NOT have any discretional power. Well, the Board of Graduate Studies refused to pass the complaint, which the Graduate Student sent to the Review Committee, to the Review Committee!!

The Board of Graduate Studies acted completely against Law. The Board of Graduate Studies believed to be above the Law.

Example number 3: Secretary of the Review Committee

The Secretary of the Review Committee of the University of Cambridge must pass to the Members of the Review Committee all the documents, complaints and grievances, which Graduate Students submit to the Review Committee. She has not any discretional power. She must simply pass the papers. Actually, It is a quite easy job.

When the Graduate Student discovered that the Board of Graduate Studies refused to pass to the Review Committee the complaint, which the Graduate Student submitted, he sent that complaint also to the Review Committee. He wanted to inform the Committee about it. Well, the Secretary of the Review Committee refused to pass to the Committee’ s members the complaint and the documents that were sent by the Graduate Student.

The Secretary of the Review Committee believed herself to be above Law. She exercised a power that she did not have. Hence, she violated the principium of the Supremacy of the Law.

 Example number 4: Administrative Secretary

The Administrative Secretary of the University of Cambridge is the Head of the Secretariat of the University of Cambridge. The Legal Office of the University is a part of the Secretariat.

When a Student submits a Formal Complaint, the Administrative Secretary must nominate the Reviewer without delaying.

Well, the Administrative Secretary was used to NOT nominate the Reviewer at all. It was a method to force students to give up with their Formal Complaints!!

The Administrative Secretary acted, more than once, against Law. He believed (and learned at Cambridge) to be above Law.

Therefore, the principium of the Supremacy of the Law was violated also in this case.      

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Only once, the Administrative Secretary nominated the Reviewer. This happened ONLY as the Administrative Secretary was forced to nominate the Reviewer.

First of all, The Graduate Student had to submit a Formal Complaint versus the Administrative Secretary’s abuses. Then, the Graduate Student had to submit three formal requests for opening a Disciplinary Enquiry versus the Administrative Secretary. They were sent to: the Vice-Chancellor; the Registrary; and Proctors; … of the University of Cambridge.

These requests were indispensable as the Administrative Secretary stopped the complaint versus Himself, acting: against Law; and, in conflict of interest.

Only at that point, it was decided that: the Administrative Secretary would not be charged, if he nominated the Reviewer within **/**/****.

As a result, the Administrative Secretary nominated the Reviewer in the last useful day!

But, this has been a rare exception.

Indeed, the Administrative Secretary did not nominate the Reviewers for the others complaints. He did not pass also to the Council of the University the request, which was made by the student, for receiving financial help for paying legal advices. Indeed, at that time, the University of Cambridge wanted appearing a fair place. So, it was decided that: if students had had to complain versus the University, the Council would have considered helping them to pay for the legal advice. Of course, it had never happened. The Administrative Secretary did not pass even those requests to the Council. It was just part of … VOID PROPAGANDA. Actually, after our student submitted that request, the University abolished that regulation few months later!!

This shows how Cambridge People dislike strongly and deeply the principium of Supremacy of Law!! This indicates also that: most of nice values, they tell to people, are just VOID PROPAGANDA.

Remember my son, … People, who disagrees with Power, are Deviant and Mentally Insane.

How does Power act above Law? How does Power deny people’s rights? How does Power prevent and stop people’s protests, complaints and remonstration?

At the University of Cambridge, some of the most outstanding criminologists have created and taught a very simple and easy to handle method to allow Power to eliminate whoever protests and complains against its abuses, violations and illegalities. Power can act above Law as people, who protests against it, are accused to be: both, deviant; and, mentally insane. This is as … whoever complains against Authority should be: either, “deviant”; or, “in an abnormal mental state”. Authority is always right for them!! Moreover, they believe that: deviant is whoever does not comply with Authority!! It does not matter if Authority acts illegally!! It is a pretty easy game!!

This was the only thing they “taught” to Me. Exempli gratia, when I spoke with one of them about the irregularities and a possible complaint, it was told Me: “I do not advise You to complaint against Authority. You can, but the complaint will not be considered. Listen to Me carefully. Remember, … People, who disagrees with Power, are Deviant and Mentally Insane. Only people, who are stressed, disagree with Authority”.

At the end, you shall not be surprised about what it is happening in the World, nowadays. If people receive this education, exempli gratia, at Cambridge, we will surprise to find a better World!!

Hence, what it is happening, nowadays, between European Union and Greece is about this. Power (e.g. financial power; European bureaucratic power, etc…) wants to prove that it is above Law. Power wants to prove that its interests are more valuable than human rights, people’s liberties, democracy, … . Power wants to see if it can act above Law without responding for this. European Union is acting unlawfully several times. Actually, we should exit as soon as it is possible from this kind of Union.

Does “Rule of Law” mean Substantial and Procedural Fairness as Allan teaches? NO “idiot”, of Course not! Do you really believe in Fables and Fairy-Tales that we tell to people?!?! Do you still believe in Christmas Father as someone told You that?!?!?!?

Rarely is the principium of Supremacy of Law applied at the University of Cambridge. Far more rarely is it applied like Substantial and Procedural Fairness a là Allan!!

Exempli gratia,

  1. it is NOT procedural and substantial fairness to pass to the Degree Committee of Law false information!! It was done to manipulate the decisions and actions of the Degree Committee.
  2. It is not procedural and substantial fairness to pass to the Degree Committee false letters/emails to libel (slander) students!! It was done to destroy student’s reputation among the members of the Degree Committee!! Years later, the same Degree Committee recognized that the emails were: false; and, NOT written by the student, but other person (the identity of the latter was also proved)!! It is not procedural and substantial fairness to libel and to slander students!! This was done by a Criminologist!! She, then, accused other Officers of the University to have done this!!. But, the latters did NOT. It was proved without any doubt that, who slandered and libeled, was that criminologist!! Actually, she did most of the illicitness and abuses.
  3. It is not procedural and substantial fairness to hide those false letters/emails to students!! It was done to prevent that students could prove that those emails/letters: either, were false; or, were written by others!!
  4. It is not procedural and substantial fairness to give erroneous applications to the Degree Committee for guiding its decision. Exempli gratia, it was changed the Research Proposal!! In other words, the Research Proposal, which the Student sent to the Degree Committee, was not given to the Degree Committee!!. The Degree Committee received another one, which did not have any connection with the subject !?!?!?
  5. It is not procedural and substantial fairness to omit to give some documents, which had to be given!!
  6. It is not procedural and substantial fairness to take letters and documents that are sent to other persons!!
  7. It is NOT procedural and substantial fairness to give students false information about the complaint procedures!!
  8. It is NOT procedural and substantial fairness to force students to NOT submit complaints about illegalities done by the University!!!!
  9. It is NOT procedural and substantial fairness that University Officers ask to everyone in the University to make the student give up with his complaint, instead of considering it within the right procedures!!
  10. It is NOT procedural and substantial fairness that the Secretary of the Board of Graduate Studies (who has to guarantee the respect of the regulations) asks to the Student’s Tutor to open another procedure (without informing the student) that would have stopped the complaint submitted by the student!!
  11. It is NOT procedural and substantial fairness to deny students any access to documents for: forcing them to give up with their complaints!!; preventing them any possibility to verify the regularities and/or IRREGULARITIES made by the University Officers!!
  12. It is not procedural and substantial fairness to persist in those behaviours for years!! Actually, this proves (without any doubt) the bad faith and intentionality of those people!!

Truly, the list is very long!! These are very few examples, but they are enough to prove that the principle of Rule of Law is NOT applied like a principle of procedural and substantial fairness a là Allan!!

Does “Rule of Law” mean that “All law should be prospective” a là Raz? NO, NO, NO, and still NO! Rarely have I seen a desperate case as You are! … But … wait a moment. Who is Raz? Here at Cambridge, we have never ever heard about Him. Here at Cambridge, we do not say that name!

You can wonder if the Lawyers and Officers of the University of Cambridge preferred to apply Rule of Law as Raz (a lectures of the University of Oxford) teaches!!

It seems a crazy idea, but we can verify.

According to Raz, one of the meanings of Rule of Law is: all law should be prospective.

Unfortunately, the University of Cambridge disagrees even about this!!

The Formal Complain Procedure was changed after the Formal Complaint was submitted. New regulations were applied to deal with the complaint. In other words, the University changed the “rules of game” during the “game”!!

This does not comply with Role of Law a là Raz!!

MY CHANCHELLOR! WHAT DOES “RULE OF LAW” MEAN FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE? ANSWER: IT MEANS “POWER IS ABOVE THE LAW AND IT CAN DO WHATEVER IT WANTS”. COME WITH ME TO THE DARK SIDE OF THE FORCE, LUKE.

All in all, Lawyers, Academics and Officers, of the University of Cambridge (behind the appearance of what they tell to people) believe that Power is above Law. Power can do whatever it wants. This is what they teach with their actions.

Metaphorically speaking, it seems a Sith’s Academy, doesn’t it?

NO, MY CHANCELLOR! I REFUSE WHAT YOU ARE OFFERING ME. I DO NOT WANT YOUR TITLE , I DO NOT WANT TO BE A LIVE-MEMBER OF YOUR SENATE. THIS IS … ANOTHER SAGA!?!?

As a result, we had a Power that affirmed to be above Law.

The principium of Supremacy of Law was substantially abolished.

In this situation, One has only two choices. The first choice (the easier) is to accept the Power’s abuses. This choice reinforces and legitimates the Power to act above the Law. The second choice (the harder) is to defend the principium of Supremacy of Law against Power.

Our Graduate Student made this second choice. He chose to denunciate those illegalities. He did not study Criminology for becoming a Criminal!!

Unfortunately, during these years, he discovered that people are passive and weak. They prefer accept any power’s abuse instead of fighting for their Rights and Liberties. This allows Power to go beyond its limitations. But, peoples have the duty to defend the principium of Supremacy of Law as well as their Rights and Liberties. If they do not, they choose to live under an Arbitrary Power. If they do so, they deserve it.

But, if you choose to live under an Arbitrary Power, I will not follow You. My Loyalty is for the Supremacy of Law. My Loyalty is for the Rights and Liberties of everyone. Hence, I will choose the Exile!! I will prefer to be Alone!!

We are Girton, Super Girton, No One likes us but we do not care”.

 

[1] The book was published in 1641 at Madrid. It was written between 1636 and 1640.

The story speaks about a student, don Cleofas Leandro Perez Zambullo, who liberates a devil, who was imprisoned by an Astrologer. The Limping Devil wanted to thank you the student. Hence, he decided to show him the Truth, behind the falseness of appearances of Spanish society.

[2] This book was published in 1707 at Paris. There was a new edition with some corrections and additions in 1726.

The story is similar to Guevara’s book. There are few changes. The young Cleofas liberated a limping devil, who was imprisoned by a Magician. His name was Asmodeo. The devil wanted to thank you the young student. So, he decided to show him the Truth behind the falseness of French Society. Lasage wanted to give an account of the brutality, meanness and dishonesty, of the people, who lived in Paris at that time.  He veiled it, behind a Spanish context.