What Is Law?


Law is a term used to refer to the legal system of rules that govern human actions. This includes both public and private laws.

Often, rights can be justified by grounds other than their legal justification (Raz 1970: 172-173; MacCormick 1977: 189; Raz 1994: 258-263)). However, such grounds are rarely the sole grounding for a right.

In general, a legal right is an expression of conclusions that law draws, based on its assessment of the many relevant considerations, with the goal of providing guidance and certainty for ph-holders in determining their rights to pursue particular outcomes. Ideally, such assessments are made by judges, or other legal officials, who pronounce their decisions in terms of the parties’ “rights.”

The weight of rights is another important factor, as is their stringency, or their degree to which they protect particularly significant interests or values. These factors are matters of normative jurisprudence, political and constitutional theory, and judicial practice.

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