Decet Tamen Principem, Servare Leges, Quibus Ipse Solutus Est Law and Legal Definition

Decet tamen principem, servare leges, quibus ipse solutus est means nevertheless it becomes a prince to protect those laws from which he himself is exempt. This was a rule of the Roman law which is at once laying down the principle of despotic power, and at the same time acknowledging its absurdity.