Law (from Old English lagu, “a law,” also common in other Germanic languages) is a system of rules that are enforced through social institutions to govern behavior. Law is a system that regulates the conduct of individuals and organizations within a given legal jurisdiction, whether international or local. Jurisdiction can be determined by geographic limitations such as geography, politics or religion; by organizational affiliation such as membership in an institution or profession; or by conceptual limitations such as public policy and morality.


Laws are the principles and regulations established in a community by some authority. They are applicable to its people, whether in the form of legislation or of custom and policies recognized and enforced by judicial decision. The law may be defined as a system of rules generally enforced through social institutions to govern behavior, often including deterrence (the use of punishment to prevent crime), sanctioning (the application or threat of punishment) and rehabilitation (the attempt to reform an offender).

Laws can be made by legislative bodies or established by judicial decisions. They can be positive, meaning that they require individuals to act in certain ways; or negative, meaning that they prevent people from acting in certain ways.

The process for making laws varies between jurisdictions but typically involves:

  • A bill is proposed by a member of government or non-governmental body within an assembly;
  • The members debate it before voting on whether it should become law;
  • If passed, it becomes part of the statute book

The principles and regulations established in a society by a ruler and apply to the people

The word “law” is considered to be an abstract concept. Unlike the word “science”, which has a specific meaning and usage in our daily lives, the word “law” can have many connotations depending on who you ask. However, if we take a look at its etymology (the study of the origin of words), we will see that it stems from Old English lawe, which means “code.” A code is simply a set of rules or principles for people to follow in order for them to live together peacefully and harmoniously within society.

This brings us back to our original question: what does it mean when someone says they studied “the law”? As we’ve seen above, there are several different ways in which one could interpret this statement: 1) studying legislation; 2) studying custom; 3) studying judicial decision making processes

Any written or positive rule or collection of rules prescribed under the authority of the state or nation, as by the people in its constitution. Compare statutory law, common law, constitutional law.

  • Statutory Law

Statutory law is the body of law created by the legislation. Legislation is made by parliament and consists of statutes, or Acts of Parliament, which are written rules passed by legislators to govern a country or state. Statutes have the force of law and can be used to make new laws, change existing ones and repeal old ones. The common law forms the basis for most statutory rules: laws that cannot be changed with any other provision in an act are said to be ‘entrenched’. Judges use common-law reasoning in cases where there is no clear rule set out in statute but they must still decide how that case should turn out in light of relevant precedent.

  • Constitutional Law/Statutory Law

Constitutional law (also known as constitutionalism) refers to all areas not covered by common law or administrative regulation; these may include human rights legislation which seeks to protect people from abuse by others wielding power over them (such as employers). Constitutionalism also encompasses concepts such as separation of powers between various branches within government bodies – for example: executive vs legislature vs judiciary; federalism vs unitary system etc – because these concepts will vary depending on individual countries around world!

The controlling influence of the social conditions created by their adherence to law and order.

The law is a collection of rules enforced by the government. The law is the social contract between the people and their government, which establishes all rights and responsibilities in society. The law provides for all social order, from regulating traffic to governing commerce and criminal prosecution.

The content of laws varies widely from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, but generally can be divided into three categories: public, civil and criminal offenses. Public offenses include acts like treason or espionage against a country’s government; civil offenses are violations of private contracts such as debt collection; criminal offenses include theft and assault on another person.

A system or collection of such rules.

To be clear, by “law” I mean the rules and regulations that are enforced by the state. For example, if you get caught speeding on your motorcycle in New York City, you may have to pay a fine or go to court. This is because of laws: traffic laws that prohibit speeding and criminal laws that determine penalties for breaking those laws. These rules are enforced by police officers and judges acting as agents of the state (the government).

The word “law” can also refer to principles—the reasons why these rules exist in the first place—and how they apply more generally. The Constitution contains many principles about how our democracy should work, including free expression protected under the First Amendment and equal protection under the Fourteenth Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause. These principles guide how laws should be made as well as how they’re applied in specific situations like whether an individual qualifies for asylum based on gang violence back home or not

The department of knowledge concerned with these rules, jurisprudence: to study law.

  • Law is a body of rules that are enforced through social institutions to govern behavior, wherever possible.
  • Law is a system of rules, established by humans in societies throughout history to regulate their interactions with one another and with their environment.
  • The law has been defined as “the science or study of the general principles which underlie the government of such states and political communities as are recognized by international law”.
  • For example, murder may be illegal in some places but not in others; therefore, there is no “universal” definition for murder because it depends on local laws.

Recognized principles govern the affairs of society and are enforced by legal and political authorities

Law (with a capital L). The body of principles recognized as regulating the affairs of a community and enforced by a political authority; laws. Compare bylaw, statute law.

The law is a body of rules that governs human behavior. As such it can be defined as “a set of rules that govern behaviour”. The relationship between law and morality involves many complexities, but generally there are two dominant views: one view sees morality as the source for law, while the other sees the law as creating morality. The first view holds that humans possess natural moral rights which give them certain privileges and responsibilities in society; thus if these rights are violated then legal remedies exist to rectify this violation. These natural rights are not created by any state action but rather derive from God or Nature, whichever you prefer to believe in; they exist independently from any individual or state decision making process—they exist prior to our existence. This means that we were born with certain rights already granted (or given) to us: these preexisting rights cannot be taken away unless we explicitly consent beforehand.[1] This form of thinking sees laws merely as guidelines which help facilitate interactions between people without interfering too much with their freedom.[2]


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