Philosophy of Law and Theory of Law

  • concerned with what law is and what it ought to be
  • also concerned with normative principles, what should punishment entail, etc
  • incorporates natural law,
  • large scope, no singular definition
  • ”grammar of law”

etymology Latin juris + prudentia (legitimate) + (expertise)

what does it do

  • examines existing laws in the framework
  • tries to understand the nature, sources, and purpose of law.
  • examines legal concepts such as rights, justice, and legal systems
  • examines the relationship between law and morality, society, and the individual.