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The Nature of Law - WEEK 1.docx

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Department
Criminology
Course
CRIM 135
Professor
Graeme Bowbrick
Semester
Winter

Description
The Nature of Law: Week 1 What is Law?  Rules that govern human conduct  Rules that are made through a formal process for establishing and enforcing laws What are Values?  General beliefs about right and wrong  Most get values from parents  Community leaders help to shape values ( politicians, teachers, etc) **All values come from philosophical basis** Major source = religion Role of Values in Law/Legal System  All laws are based on values  Justice is blind -> no bias, judgment  Politicians, legislators, judges influence values of the laws **In democracy, laws represent views of people** Major Perspectives on Law Positivist Perspective  Process is more important than substance, process is MOST important  Separation between law and morality  Only valid law is made by sovereign  Concerned about what law IS, not ough
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