In partnership with the US-based Federalist Society, the Margaret Thatcher Centre has launched a programme that focuses on the critical importance in a democratic, free society of the rule of law.

Margaret Thatcher felt that Professor Roger Scruton’s definition of the rule of law was “excellent”:

The form of government in which no power can be exercised except according to procedures, principles and constraints contained in the law, and in which any citizen can find redress against any other, however powerfully placed, and against the officers of the state itself, for any act which involves a breach of the law’

— (Roger Scruton, A Dictionary of Political Thought (London, Macmillan, 1996), p.489)

In July 2015, the Margaret Thatcher Centre was privileged to host US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who was himself a close friend of Margaret Thatcher and was appointed to the US Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan in 1986.

Justice Scalia addressed a gathering of young lawyers and supporters of the Centre in the Judges’ Dining Room at the Old Bailey before addressing a private dinner at Gray’s Inn where he was awarded the inaugural Margaret Thatcher Rule of Law Award.

In early 2016, the Margaret Thatcher Centre will be hosting its inaugural Rule of Law Conference, sponsored by the Federalist Society, at the London headquarters of the Law Society on Chancery Lane. Tickets will go on sale soon.

Founder of the Margaret Thatcher Centre, Donal Blaney, presents the late US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia with the inaugural Margaret Thatcher Rule of Law Award during his visit to the United Kingdom in July 2015.