The Importance of Law


Law is a set of rules created and enforced by social or governmental institutions to regulate behavior. It has been variously described as a science and as the art of justice. A broad range of laws affect our lives, including contracts that regulate how people exchange goods or services, property law that defines people’s rights and duties toward their tangible possessions, and criminal law that governs the behavior of citizens who offend the state or local community. These laws are derived from a combination of sources, from the statutes and regulations enacted by legislatures, to precedential decisions and legal arguments developed through case law. The study of these laws is called jurisprudence.

Most countries today make their laws through a legislative branch of government, such as parliament or congress, that is elected (chosen) by the governed peoples. These legislatures write and vote on a constitution for the overall framework of society, then make laws for more specific details.

Many aspects of the law have roots in ancient custom and culture, or may be based on natural phenomena. For example, tort law deals with the compensation of people who have been harmed by someone else’s actions, such as automobile accidents and defamation of character. Other parts of the law are based on judicial decisions and treatises, such as those written by Lord Chief Judge Edward Coke in the 17th century. His writings, known as common law, institutionalized the common law system by bringing it out of local peculiarities, establishing a court structure that was less dependent on judicial discretion and returning to a jury system of citizens who investigate and decide on reliable civil and criminal accusations.

The law is the foundation for the operations of governments, as well as the basis for economics and politics. It can help establish the limits of a nation’s sovereignty and can be used to protect human rights, freedoms and the environment. It can also define a country’s place in international agreements and treaties, such as the Geneva Conventions on the treatment of prisoners of war.

The law is a complex subject, and its interpretation and application is an ongoing process. It is important to stay current on changes in the law, which can be accomplished through a variety of means. Legal articles, blogs and research insights can be a great way to keep up to date on the latest developments in the field. They can also be a tool for educating potential clients and demonstrating your expertise in the law. Articles can be in the form of answers to FAQs or more formal, longer articles with argument and footnotes. They can even take a stand on controversial changes to the law. The most important thing is to keep readers engaged and informed, so that they will continue to return for more of your legal insights.