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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Opinion: Stop asking the Supreme Court to resolve the LGBTQ, religious conflict

Deseret News 18 Jun 2021
My frustration stemmed from the Supreme Court, yet again, failing to provide clarity on how religious exercise should be balanced against the very important interest of protecting the civil liberties of our LGBTQ citizens ... The free exercise clause of the Constitution provides, “Congress shall make no law ......

Ted Cruz smacked down for lying that voting rights bill would register 'millions' of non-citizens ...

Raw Story 18 Jun 2021
Cruz, at a hearing this week on the bill, said that the For the People Act "directs" state officials "to break the law and register millions of people to vote who are not eligible to vote because they are not United States citizens" and "automatically registers to vote anyone who interacts with the government."....

Bo’s Law, A Police Reform Bill by Rep. Carl O. Sherman Signed by Governor Abbott

Focus Daily News 18 Jun 2021
A critical moment in the future of policing in the state of Texas, Bo’s Law saw a strong show of solidarity between both parties in support of Representative Carl Sherman’s Bill ... “Bo’s Law is good for good officers and good for good citizens regardless of color.”....

High court backs Nestle, Cargill in child slave labor suit

The Philadelphia Tribune 18 Jun 2021
The companies had been sued by a group of six adult citizens of Mali who claimed they were taken from their country as children and forced to work on cocoa farms in neighboring Ivory Coast ... The case involves a law enacted by the very first Congress in 1789, the Alien Tort Statute, which permits foreign citizens to sue in U.S....

Ensure freedom of expression, media, demands lawyers’ convention

The News International 18 Jun 2021
The convention resolved that the superior judiciary of Pakistan must protect its independence, thwart executive's interference in its functioning, guard all the fundamental rights of citizens, equality of federating units and citizens, ensure rule of law, right to fair trial, ......

Thank the GOP

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette 18 Jun 2021
Thank the GOP. Editor, The Commercial. ... Constitution are most often referred to as the "Reconstruction Amendments." ... declared that former slaves were citizens and required that states provide everyone equal protection under the law ... guaranteed voting rights for citizens regardless of race, color, or previous condition of servitude (slavery) ... Jesse C....

'We will fight tooth and nail': Missouri pushes back on Department of Justice gun law warning

Lake Sun Leader 18 Jun 2021
Senate, referenced the Second Amendment and Tenth Amendment and argued that Missouri was not attempting to nullify federal law but "defending its people from federal government overreach." ... we will fight any attempts from the federal government to encroach on the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens," Schmitt said in a news release....

Missouri responds defiantly to Justice Dept. over gun law

Times Union 18 Jun 2021
Department of Justice on Thursday that they stand by the state's new law that would ban police from enforcing federal gun rules ... “We have been and continue to be committed to fighting violent crime, and we’re also committed to protecting law abiding citizensSecond Amendment rights,” Nuelle said....

June 18 Bless Your Heart

Reflector 18 Jun 2021
BYH to the ECU baseball team. Not an ECU fan but they played great against some top major league prospects. Good bunch of kids and I’m sure Coach Godwin could not be more proud of them! ... #woofwoof ... BYH to the contributor suggesting we should watch and model Japan’s law enforcement. That would only work if our citizens modeled their citizens’ behavior ... ....

Bankrupting Trump? Legal insider behind mafia law rattling Trump

MSNBC 18 Jun 2021
New York law poses the risk of bankruptcy for citizen Donald Trump if the entire ......

Paraguay plans to submit Bitcoin-related bill in July this year?

OBN 18 Jun 2021
Coming Paraguay Bitcoin Law. Neighboring countries inspired by the Bitcoin law in El Salvador, Central America, have begun to follow suit ... The law recognizes Bitcoin as legal tender in parallel with the US dollar and provides that citizens can use Bitcoin in all payment scenes (service industry, etc.)....

Supreme Court dismisses challenge to Affordable Care Act, leaving it in place

NewstalkZB 18 Jun 2021
The Supreme Court dismissed a challenge to the Affordable Care Act on Thursday in a decision that will leave the law intact and save health care coverage for millions of Americans. The justices turned away a challenge from Republican-led states and the former Trump administration, which urged the justices to block the entire law....

EC’s decision will be final on EVMs: Alvi

The News International 18 Jun 2021
President Alvi also called for addressing the reservations, raised by the ECP with regard to amending the electoral laws. He emphasised that vote was a fundamental right of every citizen, and they could not be deprived of their basic right due to the weaknesses of our system....