Outline of law

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to law:
Law is the set of rules and principles by which a society is governed, through enforcement by governmental authorities. Law is also the field which concerns the creation and administration of laws, and includes any and all legal systems.


1. Nature of law
Law can be described as all of the following:
Academic discipline – body of knowledge given to - or received by - a disciple student; a branch or sphere of knowledge, or field of study, that an individual has chosen to specialise in.
one of the humanities – academic discipline that study the human condition, using methods that are primarily analytical, critical, or speculative, as distinguished from the mainly empirical approaches of the natural sciences.
part of the legal system – legal scholarship and practice shapes how law is interpreted and applied in societies
System – set of elements often called components instead and relationships which are different from relationships of the set or its elements to other elements or sets.

2. Legal systems
Custom canon law - the repeated and constant performance of certain acts for a defined period of time, which, with the approval of the competent legislator, thereby acquire the force of law. A custom is an unwritten law introduced by the continuous acts of the faithful with the consent of the legitimate legislator.
List of national legal systems
Obrogation - the enacting of a contrary law that is a revocation of a previous law. It may also be the partial cancellation or amendment of a law, decree, or legal regulation by the imposition of a newer one.
Bahai laws
Civil law legal system
Canons of the Apostles
canon law - a certain rule or norm of conduct or belief prescribed by the Catholic Church. The word "canon" comes from the Greek kanon, which in its original usage denoted a straight rod that was later the instrument used by architects and artificers as a measuring stick for making straight lines.
Religious law
Common law
Biblical law, in Judaism and Christianity
Canon law, in Christianity
Promulgation canon law - the publication of a law by which it is made known publicly, and is required by canon law for the law to obtain legal effect.
Canon law of the Anglican Communion
Dispensation canon law - the exemption from the immediate obligation of law in certain cases. Its object is to modify the hardship often arising from the rigorous application of general laws to particular cases, and its essence is to preserve the law by suspending its operation in such cases.
Canon law of the Catholic Church
Decree canon law - an order or law made by a superior authority for the direction of others.
Interpretation canon law - canonists provide and obey rules for the interpretation and acceptation of words, in order that legislation is correctly understood and the extent of its obligation is determined.
Patimokkha, in Theravada Buddhism
Hindu law
Halakha, in Judaism
Sharia, in Islam
Jain law

3. Law by source
Custom customary law
Custom canon law
Sources of law
canon law
Precedent of past judicial decisions stare decisis
Statutory law
Black letter law
Constitutional law
Constitutional court
Juristic writings such as legal treatises
Customary international law
Sources of international law

4. Branches of law Civil law
Environmental law
Family law
Civil law common law
Civil rights
Common law
Civil procedure
Laws by jurisdictional scope
Legal pluralism
Public international law
Dualism law
Conflict of laws Private international law
International law
Law of the European Union
Regulation European Union
Directive European Union
Treaties of the European Union
European Union legislative procedure
Supranational law
European Union decision
Municipal law
State law
Federal law National law
Local ordinance

5. People who have influenced law Canon law
Gasparri, Pietro codified the 1917 Code of Canon Law
Aquinas, St. Thomas wrote influential Treatise on Law
Gregory IX, Pope promulgated the Decretales Gregorii IX
John Paul II, Pope St. promulgated the 1983 Code of Canon Law and the 1990 Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches
Benedict XIV, Pope
Photios I of Constantinople father of Oriental canon law
Hostiensis most influential decretist
Penyafort, Raymond of patron of canon lawyers, codified Decretales Gregorii IX
Gratian "Father of Canon Law", founder of canon law jurisprudence; canon law as legal system
Common law
Blackstone, Sir William
Holmes, Oliver Wendell, Jr.

6. Lists
Sources of law
List of treaties
Lists of legislation
Lists of case law
List of legislatures by country
List of constitutional courts
List of courts in England and Wales
List of special tribunals and courts
List of High Courts of India
List of prisons
List of United Kingdom prisons
United States
List of U.S. federal prisons
List of U.S. military prisons
List of U.S. state prisons
List of Judges of the High Court of Australia
List of copyright case law
List of law journals
Historical lists of Privy Counsellors
List of jurists
List of Judicial Committee of the Privy Council cases
List of current members of the British Privy Council
List of Chief Justices of the Supreme Court of Canada
Outline of criminal justice
List of individuals executed by the federal government of the United States
List of legal abbreviations
Environmental agreements
List of Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States by court composition
List of Ayatollahs
List of Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States
List of international trade topics
List of international public law topics
List of topics in logic
List of international declarations
List of environmental law journals
List of Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States by seat
Arms control treaties and conventions
List of current members of the Queens Privy Council for Canada
List of business law topics
Lists of law schools
List of members of the Privy Council of Northern Ireland
List of notable United Kingdom House of Lords cases
List of national legal systems
List of United Kingdom House of Lords cases
List of Latin phrases
List of 100 largest law firms globally
List of Latin legal terms
List of protective service agencies
List of members of the Queens Privy Council for Canada
List of Lords of Appeal in Ordinary
List of riots
List of real estate topics
List of Supreme Court of Canada cases
List of top United States patent recipients
List of Uniform Acts United States
List of United States federal legislation
List of Senators of the College of Justice
List of United States Supreme Court cases
List of software patents