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Nnamdi Azikiwe University Journal of International Law and Jurisprudence

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Sources of law, voluntary obedience and human interactions: an analysis

Maureen Ngozi Agbasi

Abstract


Over the years, the history of the development of law has seen the emergence of various sources. Some sources have proven to be more resilient than others and have not only stood the test of time, but have completely or partially overshadowed some jurisdictions. Over time, these laws evolved significantly, but the difference may be only in substance, technique and form. This paper finds that laws backed by sanctions compel immediate obedience for fear of fines, imprisonment and other threats to human wellbeing. This paper examines ways in which the various sources of law can be modified in such a way that laws, through the legal system promote reciprocal social development, peace and improved human relationship as a result of voluntary obedience to the law. It is recommended that for better human interaction, validity of the law should be encapsulated in its inherent acceptance within the milieu it is meant for as a result of the overriding perception of the justice it metes out, and not merely by recourse to constituted authority. The methodology employed is doctrinal analysis of relevant web materials, textbooks and esteemed journals.

Keywords: Legislations, validity, reciprocal obedience, human interactions, institutions




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