The Intricacies of the Law a Course Reflection

What makes the Portfolio project very interesting is the rare opportunity that it gives students to go back and change things. I have realized, as the course progressed, that in real life people were not afforded with that kind of chance- to correct past misdeeds and thus change the direction of their lives. The combination of knowing one’s mistakes, false conclusions, biases and prejudices along the way coupled with the power to change what needed to be changed made the Portfolio project one of the best platforms for learning. The opportunity to re-examine, re-think and reconsider is a very nice prospect to have not only in academic works but also in one’s everyday existence. Do we go to the question on what is Law? Of course, it should be expected that a critical introduction to law should include a discussion of what the Law is. Like most people dealing with introductions, I have opted to answer this question firstly through supplying its definition and by providing examples thereafter. I have also included some points about cultural and social contexts in Law, which explains the distinction between the set of laws of different nations. By writing this piece, I have realized instantly that the law is not just a set of rules that people would have to follow. It is more than a bulk of legislation that lawmakers deliberate day-in- and out. The law is a constantly evolving entity. It changes and adapts to the needs, beliefs, and prevailing values of the time. I have illustrated the malleability of the law by citing the cases Plessy v. Ferguson, 163 U.S. 537 and Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, 347 U.S. 483 (1954) on legal segregation and equal protection of the laws clause. This fluidity can also be seen with Sweden’s anti-piracy law and the fictional segregation and curtailment of civil liberties in the film District 13.

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