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Scales of Justice

The Institution of the Law

Law is the set of rules or norms of conduct which forbid, permit or mandate specified actions, govern official resolution of conflict, and define relationships among people and organizations. The authority upon which legal rules rest and the extent to which they are formally codified varies between jurisdictions but all modern legal systems are united in their attempt to assure impartial treatment of those suspected of breaking the rules and to bring about justice.

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  • "There is no jewel in the world comparable to learning; no learning so excellent as knowledge of laws."

- Edward Coke

  • "The law...should surely be accessible at all times and to everyone."

- Franz Kafka

  • "Let all the laws be clear, uniform and precise. To interpret laws is almost always to corrupt them."

- Voltaire

  • "[The most important provision of the] Magna Charta, extorted from King John in 1215, as a restriction upon what was then an almost unlimited kingly power, [was that] "No freeman shall be taken or imprisoned or disseized or outlawed or banished or anyways destroyed, nor will the King pass upon him or commit him to prison, unless by the judgment of his peers of the law of the land."

- Thomas McIntyre Cooley, Rise of the American Union, in The General Principles of Constitutional Law in the United States of America, published in 1891.

  • "The law, in its majestic equality, forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal their bread."

- Anatole France

  • "The more corrupt the state, the more laws it has."

- Tacitus

  • "All law has for its object to confirm and exalt into a system the exploitation of the workers by a ruling class."

- Mikhail Bakunin

Divisions and subdivisions

Divisions and Departments of the School exist on pages in "topic" namespace. Start the name of departments with the "Topic:" prefix; departments reside in the Topic: namespace. Departments and divisions link to learning materials and learning projects. Divisions can link subdivisions or to departments. For more information on schools, divisions and departments look at the Naming Conventions.

  • Science research and the law - This department provides learning resources that help Wikiversity participants explore how various governments regulate scientific research.
  • Public international law - This department provides learning resources that will allow Wikiversity participants to consider the issues surrounding laws applicable between states (and governments), regulating areas such as human rights, international conflicts, international criminal law, etc. (It should also be a Department of the School of Politics (International Relations)
  • Private international law - This department provides learning resources for Wikiversity participants to consider the laws governing trade between companies, or between companies and foreign states, that take place across international borders, i.e. do not occur within a single legal jurisdiction.
  • International medical law - This department will provide learning resources for Wikiversity participants to consider the structure, content and scope of the medical law within the various world nations .
  • Religious law - This department will provide learning resources for Wikiversity participants to consider the structure, content and scope of the laws within the various world faiths and their relation to other law sectors .
  • Rules and procedure - This department will provide learning resources for Wikiversity participants to consider the structure, content, and scope of the Law by exploring procedural rule based aspects of the different areas of law around the world.
  • Intellectual property law - This department will provide learning resourses for Wikiveristy participants to learn about Intellecual Property laws, rulings, and treaties.
  • Civil law This department will create learning projects for participants interested in civil law concepts
  • Criminal Law
  • Business law This department of the School of Law will provide information and resources on the world of Business Law, including Commercial Law, Company Law, Corporate Law, Insolvency Law and Banking and Finance Law.
  • Jurisprudence This department will provide background information for Legal Theory and Legal Philosophy.
  • Tax law This department will provide learning resources for Wikiveristy participants on Law of Taxation for overseas students of law.
  • Law reform: This department will provide resources relating to law reform.

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