- Scott Slorach, Scott SlorachDirector of Learning & Teaching, York Law School, University of York
- Judith Embley, Judith EmbleyAssociate Professor, University of Law
- Peter GoodchildPeter Goodchildis Associate Professor and Programme & Student Lead for the GDL and MA Law at the University of Law (Bloomsbury)
- and Catherine ShephardCatherine ShephardSenior Lecturer, Manchester Law School, Manchester Metropolitan University
This chapter considers law as a concept and in its context. It examines key legal concepts such as law and morality, jurisprudence, the legitimacy of laws, the rule of law, and the separation of powers, looking at these in both theory and practice. It includes consideration of the virtue, duty, and consequentialist ethical theories, and legal theories including natural law, legal positivism, realism, and critical legal studies.