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Natural Law
(3,710 words)

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A. General (CT)

Natural law (NL) (ius naturae, ius naturale) is the measure, corrective, reason for the validity and permanent critique of positive law. It juxtaposes benchmarks derived from nature and the divine order for all creatures or rational beings with the universal behavioural rules imposed by rulers or the state…

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Lück, Heiner (Halle-Wittenberg RWG), “Natural Law”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 10 August 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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