Importancia de las leyes en sociedad (inglés)

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Importance of laws in society

Daniela Marulanda.
Teacher Maria Irene Morán
Thursday, October 28, 2010

First of all, we need to know very well what are laws to getan idea of how important are they in society. Law is a system of rules, usually enforced through a set of institutions. The law sets the framework for a great many ofthe interactions between members of our society (including legal creations like companies and trusts). Of course, there are different categories of law, each one with its ownpriorities. Law is, always, there to maintain the status quo, to protect property, vested rights, and established relationships. In other words, is the skeleton of oursociety because it controls what we do, when we do it and how we do it. If there were no system of law to control how people operate their lives then there would not be asociety to live in. People would be free to make decisions based solely on their principle, knowing they would not be punished for their actions, so nothing would stopthem for filling whatever they wished to do. People would be free to steal, murder, damage, rape, trespass and terrorise what or whomever they wanted when it suited them, andnothing would be done about. That’s why a system of rules is needed in society: we need them to regulate relationships between people with conflicting interests, for example,employers and employees, landlord and tenants and neighbours. A legal system is the only procedure which can ensure that human rights are respected.

Law provides a richsource of scholarly inquiry, into legal history, philosophy, economic analysis or sociology. Law also raises important and complex issues concerning equality, fairness and justice....
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