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(ME. lawe, laghe; AS. lagu, law, that which is laid or fixed, from licgan). Obligatory or necessary rule, an act of sovereign authority. A necessary relationship between the phenomena of nature. L., unlike custom, tradition, or faith, is a juridical norm. The set of all laws constitutes the system of juridical norms (*Legislation) and represents the province of the Law. In society, the laws express the will and interests of human beings, and regulate the social and personal activity of the citizens. The content of the laws depends on the cultural level of the society in question. L. as a juridical act, cannot change the Geo-strategic power of a state, its cultural level, etc., although it contributes to the State’s development in one direction or another. As historical experience demonstrates, the wholesale violation of cultural and social norms by tyrannical and totalitarian regimes leads to catastrophes, not only on a national scale but on an international scale as well (e.g. the two world wars of the twentieth century).