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Sometimes the fight against might is the way to justice

Simone Weil, an influential French philosopher, remarked in her much celebrated article, The Iliad, or The Poem of Forcewritten in 1940: "He who knows the empire of might and how not to respect it is capable of love and justice."[Note] Might, according to Weil, turns a human being who is subjected to it into a thing.
Lawyers may not find her remark valid and convincing. After all, Weil was a philosopher whose primary concern was humanity rather than the operation of rules. Although her remark was made as a literary critique, it was also seen by many as an indirect commentary on the tragic fall of France into the hands of German Nazi.
To lawyers, justice is achieved through law. And law, as part of the state and government function, is backed by force. The existence of such order precedes resolutions. Respect for the law is therefore a basic requirement of the rule of law. Disrespect of authority, in the realm of law, will not strike a chord among lawyers. Justice is not done …