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The Rule of Law: Athenian Antecedents to Contemporary Debates

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The Rule of Law : Athenian Antecedents to Contemporary Debates. / May, Christopher.

In: Hague Journal of the Rule of Law, Vol. 4, No. 2, 01.10.2012, p. 235-251.

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May, C 2012, 'The Rule of Law: Athenian Antecedents to Contemporary Debates', Hague Journal of the Rule of Law, vol. 4, no. 2, pp. 235-251.

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May, C. (2012). The Rule of Law: Athenian Antecedents to Contemporary Debates. Hague Journal of the Rule of Law, 4(2), 235-251.

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May C. The Rule of Law: Athenian Antecedents to Contemporary Debates. Hague Journal of the Rule of Law. 2012 Oct 1;4(2):235-251.

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May, Christopher. / The Rule of Law : Athenian Antecedents to Contemporary Debates. In: Hague Journal of the Rule of Law. 2012 ; Vol. 4, No. 2. pp. 235-251.

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