1. The physical laws of nature.
2. A philosophical theory claiming to derive moral and legal principles from a set of universal truths about people and justice.
See Positive law and Moral law.
Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary
Principles considered to come from nature and to bind human society in the absence of or in addition to human-made (positive) law.For example, the Declaration of Independence's statement that "all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness..." is an assertion of natural law.
Definition provided by Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary.
August 19, 2010, 5:20 pm