Law In Society

Law in society implies an existing authority, some form or practice that complies with norms of law. It regulates and stabilizes human affairs, functions as a haven for the oppressed, guides and assists public order, provides a means for reducing tyranny, and acts to protect the downtrodden. These are various ways in which law exercises capacity for compassion and benevolence.

“At his best man is the noblest of all animals; separated 
 from law and justice, he is the worst.”
- Aristotle

There is a direct relationship between law and spirituality. Observance of laws and ordinances helps to develop character and to realize higher levels of freedom in society. In this way, trustworthiness strengthens to promote human happiness and wellbeing. At this level, we observed law without a need for coercive or restrictive measures. It is a goal to be pursued in order to realize sustainable achievements.

The requirement for law in this age of rapid global transition is to reinstate authority and renew the linkages between society, law, and virtue. It is a process necessary for renewing the relationship between law and spirituality. It solidifies the understanding that an individual’s observance of societal laws and ordinances will promote character and, in the long run, help to guarantee higher levels of freedom in society.

As an external force, law can facilitate compliance of individuals and groups. But only by internalizing rules of behavior—through the individual and society, and by adopting a moral code can we assure the true observance of law. There is a constant need for law reform as society changes, where archaic codes of law, whether written or customary, can no longer protect the public welfare, especially true during periods of rapid social change. As a result, the primary purpose of law is to implement systems and procedures that bring about justice, protect individual rights and freedoms, and achieve social stability.


"The rule of law is commonly understood by contrast, and the contrast most often made is with arbitrary exercise of power. That, above all, is the evil that the rule of law is supposed to curb..."

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Krygier, Martin --- "The Rule of Law: An Abuser's Guide" [2007] UNSWLRS 4. Home | Databases | WorldLII | Search | Feedback
University of New South Wales Faculty of Law Research Series.  [Read More]



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