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The US ambassador to Ukraine delivers a major address on April 19 to law students at Kyiv Mohyla Academy.

At his best, man is the noblest of animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst.

Aristotle wrote this line over 2,300 years ago, and it remains relevant as we gather here today to discuss the importance of the rule of law in a successful, modern society. One interpretation of Aristotle’s statement would be that, in the absence of rule of law, there is no society – at least not one that is truly civilized.

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