Basic concepts of law

Jaap Hage*

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Although the laws of different jurisdictions differ in content, they often have the same conceptual building blocks: the basic legal concepts. This chapter deals with a number of these basic concepts. ◘ section 1 addresses the different fields of law, such as tort law and administrative law. Legal subjects such as natural and legal persons are the topic of ◘ sect. 2. ◘ section 3 deals with the operation of rules and discusses operative facts and legal consequences. Juridical acts, by means of which legal agents can intentionally change the legal positions of themselves and others, are the topic of ◘ sect. 4. ◘ section 5 addresses the relations between duties, prohibitions, and permissions, while ◘ sect. 6 goes into some detail concerning competences and immunities. Sections ◘ 7, ◘ 8, ◘ 9, and ◘ 10, finally, discuss different kinds of rights.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntroduction to law
EditorsJ. Hage, A. Waltermann, B. Akkermans
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)978-33-1957-252-9
ISBN (Print)978-33-1957-251-2
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2017


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