The Importance of Law

by Erin Boyd of sterling law offices, s.c.


Law and order deals with the regulation of acts and procedures that you are allowed to carry out according to the country you live in. Abiding by those laws are highly important for everyone and it is the extension of work that lawyers do. Here you can find your answer to the question in greater detail as exactly why law is such an importance force in our society.

The purpose of law

Law can be said to carry out four diverse functions, each of which is of enormous significance to our benefit and safety. These four functions are of utmost importance for every citizen as it makes them a lawful individual overall. The purpose of law includes:

(1) It defends us from doing sins

The primary and most essential role of law is to protect us from evil – that is, those who would seek to hurt us for no good cause. This purpose of law inspires the advancements of 20th century in International Law such as the Nuremberg Trials and the formation of the International Criminal Court.

(2) It promoting the common good among all

Law is not just apprehensive with conveying evil people to report for their actions. A community invented of people who abide no animosity to anyone else and are just worried to follow their own self-interest needs law for the reason that there are conditions where if everyone pursues their own self-interest, everyone will be worse off than they would have been if they acted another way. So a society of self-regarding actors needs law:

  • to get to the bottom of ‘Prisoner’s dilemma’ circumstances;
  • to deal out into personal hands belongings that would otherwise be subjugated by everyone, thereby evading a ‘tragedy of the commons’ condition arising;
  • To put off people from acting on their natural wish to pull out ‘an eye for an eye’ in vengeance for definite or perceived wrongs that they have suffered at other people’s hands.

(3) It helps to solve arguments over restricted resources

As every family knows, in any society there will forever be disputes over who should have what of a partial number of resources. Law is required to decide these disputes

(4) It helps to encourage people to do the correct thing

It was considered even from conventional times that law performed a fourth purpose that of supporting and serving people to do the correct thing. Until the 20th century, the law of discipline of “doing the right thing” was acknowledged by law makers and laws were planned merely to stop people from acting immorally.


Afterwards the ‘harm principle’ was introduced as per which the law should not authorize people for acting immorally except their behaviour occupied some damage to others, gained increasingly status, and resulted in the elimination of large numbers of ‘morals laws’. Law was then established as per the view that it might be rightful to make it unlawful for someone to engage in corrupt behaviour that will (i) spoil himself or (ii) offend others, seem to make little sense.

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