Law is a system of rules that are enforced through social institutions to govern behavior. Laws can be made by a collective legislature or by a single legislator, resulting in statutes, by the executive through decrees and regulations, or by judges through binding precedent, normally in common law jurisdictions. Private individuals can create legally binding contracts, including arbitration agreements that may elect to accept alternative arbitration to the normal court process. The formation of laws themselves may be influenced by a constitution, written or tacit, and the rights encoded therein. The law shapes politics, economics, history and society in various ways and serves as a mediator of relations between people.

A general distinction can be made between (a) civil law jurisdictions (including Catholic canon law and socialist law), in which the legislature or other central body codifies and consolidates their laws, and (b) common law systems, where judge-made precedent is accepted as binding law. Historically, religious laws played a significant role even in settling of secular matters, which is still the case in some religious communities, particularly Jewish, and some countries, particularly Islamic. Islamic Sharia law is the world's most widely used religious law.

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Rep. Maloney Renews Efforts to Reform Tax Laws for Americans Living Overseas

The National Herald 17 Sep 2019
These bills will help American citizens living abroad who are unfairly and disproportionately burdened by existing tax laws ... They are also full citizens who pay taxes, vote, and are affected by American laws ... policies of the federal government on Americans citizens living overseas....

Your Turn, NH: David Wheeler, Daniel Itse, JR Hoell -- On gun control, the facts matter

Union Leader 17 Sep 2019
HB 696 “Gun Confiscation,” so-called “Red flag” legislation, would remove a citizen’s right to defend themselves based on a mere accusation ... The Legislature mandated that citizens who need immediate self protection cannot have it ... Law-abiding citizens are disarmed, making it next to impossible to stop an intruder and defend oneself and others....

Admitting the Terrorism Watchlist Was Unconstitutional is Important, But Not Nearly Enough | Opinion

Newsweek 17 Sep 2019
Consequently, he held that the Watchlist "does not provide to a United States citizen a constitutionally adequate remedy under the Due Process Clause." ... The numbers are also quite small as American citizens, comprise (with lawful permanent residents) a mere 4,600 out of a list of 1.16 million people....

Presidential Proclamation on Constitution Day, Citizenship Day, and Constitution Week, 2019

The White House 17 Sep 2019
With appropriate respect for the genius of the Framers and in accordance with the rule of law, our Nation’s Federal judges should always strive to interpret our laws, including our Constitution as written, regardless of any political or policy preferences they may hold in their capacity as citizens....

Legislators’ Secretive Maneuvers Undermine Rights of Nature in Ohio

truthout 17 Sep 2019
The language is directly aimed at discouraging people from passing new Rights of Nature (RON) laws, which give citizens legal standing to sue major polluters on behalf of a natural entity, such as a river or an entire ecosystem....

City Council overrides mayor’s veto regarding how city employees are loaned to other agencies

The Spokesman-Review 17 Sep 2019
The Spokane City Council swiftly overrode Mayor David Condon’s veto of a law that will regulate the loaning of city employees and property to outside agencies ... The law also would require a written, council-approved agreement whenever the city loans out property valued at more than $5,000....

Citizens’ role in Nigeria’s global affairs

Business Day Online 17 Sep 2019
The power of a nation is what is used to influence others to protect its citizens and national interests ... Citizens have a role to play in Nigeria’s global affairs by obeying the country’s laws and work in harmony with the government to pursue the national interests ... So anywhere we find ourselves as Nigerians, we must be law abiding citizens....

The History of Citizenship Day Is a Reminder That Being an American Has Always Been Complicated

Time Magazine 17 Sep 2019
citizens ... In its effort to win the loyalties of communist and incipient communist states, the United States could not claim to be the global defender of individual rights when its own immigration laws mandated “.” ... citizen ... Making Immigration Law on the US-Mexico Border, 1917-1954....

Use the big stick approach!

Jamaica Observer 17 Sep 2019
I say in their homeland as it is widely observed that we can be exemplary citizens or visitors on foreign shores ... In the meantime, lawbreakers continue to rule the roost as otherwise law-abiding citizens either join the indiscipline or surrender to the lawlessness ... of the law....

Police brutality

Dawn 17 Sep 2019
As a citizen, one expects that the police use their force not against the weak and innocent, but in defence of citizens from any harm they may face. The mindless use of force can only proceed from heartlessness and disregard for the law ... When the law is often violated, demands by the populace to hold the criminals accountable in­­c­rease....

Citizenship Backlog Prolongs Wait For Immigrants

CBS News 17 Sep 2019
– Tuesday is Citizenship Day, a day reminding Americans what it means to be a citizen ... citizen ... “It focuses primarily on the impact of the backlog, regardless of what the causes are there isn’t a specific finding of intent,” Ming Hsu Chen, professor of immigration law at the University of Colorado....

Gov. Ron DeSantis Commends Genetic Genealogy Team Efforts Leading to Arrest of Serial Killer Robert Hayes

Space Coast Daily 17 Sep 2019
Governor Ron DeSantis commended the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s (FDLE) Genetic Genealogy Team whose efforts led to the arrest of suspected serial Killer Robert Tyrone Hayes ... “This is an important case for FDLE, our law enforcement partners, and for our Florida citizens and visitors,” said FDLE Commissioner Rick Swearingen....

Cache Valley schools take precautions after word of threat; no imminent danger, officials say

HJ News 17 Sep 2019
An email to parents from the Cache County School District states law enforcement officers are monitoring the situation carefully but do not believe there is an imminent danger at this time ... According to reports from The Preston Citizen, the Preston School District and law enforcement also took precautionary measures today....