Outline of law

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The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to law:

Law (article link) is the set of rules and principles (laws) by which a society is governed, through enforcement by governmental authorities. Law is also the field which concerns the creation and administration of laws, and includes any and all legal systems.

Nature of law[edit]

Law can be described as all of the following:

  • Academic discipline – body of knowledge given to - or received by - a disciple (student); a branch or sphere of knowledge, or field of study, that an individual has chosen to specialise in.
    • one of the humanities – academic discipline that study the human condition, using methods that are primarily analytical, critical, or speculative, as distinguished from the mainly empirical approaches of the natural sciences.
  • Field of science – widely recognized category of specialized expertise within science, and typically embodies its own terminology and nomenclature. Such a field will usually be represented by one or more scientific journals, where peer reviewed research is published. There are many sociology-related scientific journals.
    • Social science – field of academic scholarship that explores aspects of human society.
  • System – set of elements (often called 'components' instead) and relationships which are different from relationships of the set or its elements to other elements or sets.
    • part of the legal system – legal scholarship and practice shapes how law is interpreted and applied in societies

Legal systems[edit]

Law by source[edit]

Branches of law[edit]

Public law[edit]

Public law

Administrative law[edit]

Criminal law[edit]

Substantive law and adjectival law[edit]

Law of persons[edit]

Civil law[edit]

Laws by jurisdictional scope[edit]


History of law

Basic legal concepts[edit]

People who have influenced law[edit]

Canon law[edit]

Civil law[edit]

Common law[edit]

Other legal systems[edit]


Sources of law





External links[edit]