# rule of law和rule by law

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rule of law，中文解法治；rule by law，中文解依法而治，究竟兩者有甚麼分別？

The rule of law, of course, presupposes complete legality, but this is not enough: if a law gave the government unlimited power to act as it pleased, all its actions would be legal, but it would certainly not be under the rule of law. The rule of law, therefore, is also more than constitutionism: it requires that all laws conform to certain principles. （摘自 “The Constitution of Liberty” P.205）