What Is Law?


Law is a set of rules created by the government to keep people safe and make sure that everyone is treated fairly. There are different laws for every country, and if you break one of these laws, you may face fines or even jail time.

Laws are written by people called judges or barristers. They are made up of different types of decisions that are often based on precedent. Precedent is the idea that a judge’s decision will be used by future judges to decide similar cases.

Legal systems are split into common law and civil law. Common law systems have more detailed statutes than civil law systems.

There are four basic purposes of law: establishing standards, maintaining order, resolving disputes and protecting liberties and rights.

In modern societies, the most important functions of law are to recognize and protect individual rights, and to prevent and control crime. In addition, many aspects of everyday life are controlled by laws.

The concept of “rights” is the foundation of many legal theories. The study of law is therefore often referred to as “the study of rights”.

Definitions of Law

In the broadest sense, law consists of rules and regulations that governments create to govern their citizens. These laws can cover topics such as crime and punishment, taxes, marriage, the rights of the poor, and more.

Usually these rules are made by a judge, but they can also be made by the courts themselves or through other agencies such as the legislature or executive branch. They are designed to make people behave in a certain way and can be changed if they don’t.

A legal rule can be justified as a matter of law–that is, it can be seen to ground other legal norms–or legitimacy can be derived by applying the rules themselves (Raz 1970: 175-183; MacCormick 1977: 189). For example, if Joseph has a right in his good name, then this is legally justifiable because it’s grounded in a general legal principle, such as “every person has a right in his/her good name”.

Legal justification typically involves a combination of legal norms and jurisprudence–the study of how laws are made and how they have been changed over time.

In many countries, it is the role of judges to interpret and decide which of these rules are valid and which are not. This is known as judicial interpretation or lawmaking, and it is the most complex area of a country’s legal system.