PIL 501 - Jurispudence and Legal Theory I

4 Unit(s)


Introduction: the purpose of the study of law and jurisprudence; nature, definition and scope of jurisprudence; meaning and functions of law. (a) The relation of law to: (i) justice (ii) morality (iii) religion (iv) law and social change; ethics, the relation of the above concepts to customary law (b) Sources of law: (i) legislation, customs and judicial precedents (ii) nature, ascertainment, applicability and the role of these courses in contemporary and early society. (c) Analysis of fundamental legal concepts: rights, duty, liability, ownership, possession, personality, liberty, sovereignty, etc.