Received: March 29, 2019, Date of publication: September 25, 2019
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Suggested citation: Abel, R.L. 2019. Laws Wars, Laws Trials. The Fate of the Rule of Law in the U.S. War on Terror. Law in Context 36 (1): 29-35. DOI: https://doi.org/10.26826/law-in-context.v36i1.84.
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The rule of law is a foundation of the liberal state. There is broad consensus about its core, extending across the political spectrum. Our own experience tragically teaches that the rule of law is most endangered when those exercising state power feel threatened: during and after wars and in response to social protest.