Rule of Law in Romania

Since Rule of Law not only constraints but also enables and even legitimates power, it is not unheard of that Rule of Law becomes a tool in the hands of government, particularly of populist or illiberal governments, thus becoming a Rule by law than a Rule of law. However, even abuse of Rule of Law proves that the concept is still alive and valid as a standard. The particular case of Romania displays a case where apparent adherence to a rather formal conception on the Rule of Law has managed to awaken a last resort instrument for a more meaningful approach of the concept. Indeed, in Romania civil society has so far succeeded in demonstrating that values can overcome obsolete institutional practices and a substantive Rule of Law can be proactively required by citizens prior to being fully appropriated by the state, thus demonstrating that the ideal of the Rule of Law is resilient even when confronted with is own decay.