The rule of law is a system in which all people and institutions are subject to the same laws.
The laws apply to everyone, including officials of the government, corporations and private citizens, no matter how wealthy or powerful.
Under the rule of law, laws should be administered and enforced fairly and equally.
Citizens of countries that do not recognize or abide by the rule of law risk being unable to stand up against the government or other powerful interests without fear of attack.
Under the rule of law, citizens have a right to obtain legal advice from a lawyer whose duty is to represent his or her best interests. Lawyers must remain independent of the state and other powers. Self-regulation of lawyers is a part of upholding lawyer independence.