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Law in Modern Society$
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Denis Galligan

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199291830

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291830.001.0001

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(p.xiv) (p.1) Introduction
Law in Modern Society


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Law is said to be essential for social tasks like protecting one from the other and providing a set of rules for basic forms of social life with regard to contract, property, family relations, and other such matters. Social relations that exist naturally and spontaneously with each other are also reinforced and are further secured by law. Jeremy Bentham — jurist, law reformer, and icon of modern legal orders — stated that society uses law to achieve whatever goals it wants and has to achieve, perhaps even through redirecting and modifying social relations. Regulatory law, which serves as the creed for this age of law, is driven by various motives that range from efficiency and practicality, values, soundness of environment, and a commitment to human rights, among others. This book investigates how law affects the behaviour of citizens, officials, private and public organizations, and nation states through examining its various features.

Keywords:   law, Jeremy Bentham, regulatory law, social relations, social tasks, rules

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