The historical input of Lithuania in the creation of the concept of the state under the rule of law.
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The idea of this first part of the continuos article is to evaluate the historical experience of the Lithuanian legal thought according to the concept of the state under the rule of law and to show that the Lithuanian legal doctrine in the 16th century was based on the democracy of the antique towns and the humane ideas of the early Christianity, which embraced in this period many principles of the state under the rule of law. The attitude of the Lithuanian lawyers of the 16th century Andrius Volanas, Mykolas Lietuvis (Michalonis Lituanus), Petras Skarga, Augustinas Rotundas and others towards the origin of state, relations between law and state and the place of compulsion in the society are discussed in the article.
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