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BASADRE, Cyd Therese C.

November 10, 2012

EH 408
There are many questions and arguments from century to century to define, what is Law?. But
we still cannot define a proper definition of Law. Law is now been defining in many ways from
different perspective and different views.
n generally, !ules established by a governing authority to institute and maintain orderly co"
Broadly, Law is a set of rules, which are made by authori$ed authority, to maintain law and
order situation and to control disobedience or violence.
The statutory definition of Law is, Law means any act, ordinance, order, rules, regulation, by"
law, notification or other legal instrument and any custom or usage, having the force of law in
any institution
% rule or principle of proper conduct sanctioned by conscience, concepts of natural &ustice, or the
will of a deity' a moral law.
%ccording to (almond, Law may be defined as the body of principles recogni$ed and applied by
the state in the administration of &ustice.
"#, in politics and &urisprudence, is a set of rules or norms of conduct which mandate, prescribe
or permit specified relationships among people and organi$ations) as well as punishments for
those who do not follow the established rules of conduct.
The term *Law,* in its broadest sense, means any rule of action or norm of conduct applicable to
all +inds of action and to all ob&ects of this sense therefore, it includes all laws,
whether they refer to state law, physical law, divine law, and others. n a strict legal sense, law is
defined as a rule of conduct, &ust and obligatory, laid down by legitimate authority for the
common observance and benefit.
% particular society or community adopts a specific set of laws to regulate the behavior of its own
members, to order life in its political territory, to grant or ac+nowledge the rights and privileges
of its citi$ens and other people who may come under the &urisdiction of its courts, and to resolve
(o, it is clear that Law is made for maintain Law and ,rder situation in a nation. %nd to control
crime and misbehaves.
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Base on this definition, law has the following elements.
3. t is a rule of conduct " laws serve as guide for individual in relation to his fellowmen and to
his community.
4. Laws must be &ust " Laws as guides for human conduct, should run as golden threads
through society, to the end that law may approach its supreme ideal which is the sway and
dominance of &ustice.*
5. t must be obligatory.
6. Laws must prescribe by legitimate authority " *sovereignty resides in the people and all
government authority emanates from them.*
7. Laws must be ordained for the common benefit " the welfare of the people is the supreme law
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