What is Law?


Law is the set of normative systems in which a group of individuals, typically with different interests, are able to express and defend their rights. They can do this through a range of means such as legislation, regulation, enforcement and recognition.

The term “law” is also used to describe the body of normative rules and policies that govern the conduct of people in their daily lives, such as what they can and cannot do. These include what you can say, how you can treat others, and how you can vote.

In the scholarly literature, legal rights have been discussed with respect to their moral justification. Some philosophers have argued that the right must be genuinely in line with what is good for the individual person. This view is rooted in the natural law tradition (Lyons 1982; 1994: 147-176).