Law is a set of rules that govern human behavior in a society. It helps to ensure a peaceful and orderly society that applies the same rules to all members.
The Law defines the rules of conduct that are expected by all individuals in a community and is enforced through a controlling authority. This is often the governmental body, which sets the rules, although it can also be a private individual.
Definitions of Law
The most common definition of law is that it is a system of rules established by a government or society to control the actions of people within its jurisdiction. These laws can be made by a group of legislators, such as in a constitution, or by a single legislator, such as through statutes; they can be created by the executive through decrees and regulations; or they can be established by judges through precedent, usually in common law jurisdictions.
Legal systems based on religion are diverse, including religious precepts that survive in some church communities and jurisprudence that draws from Islamic Sharia and Jewish Halakha. In addition, religious law sometimes reflects principles derived from ancient biblical texts.
The legal system of most developed countries, particularly those that use a common law system, consists of a body of rules that govern the conduct of businesses and business transactions. These rules cover areas such as contract and property law, as well as areas such as insolvency and bankruptcy law.