How the Law Addressess the Development of Unlawful Conduct in Our Society

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This piece of writing will examine how the law addresses the development of ‘unlawful conduct’ in our society as a result of social, political, technological and economical changes. It will discuss, the role of Parliament, the judiciary, ECHR and other institutions in reforming the law, to ensure that it is up to date and efficiently meets the exigencies of our society. We normally relate unlawful conduct to criminal activity whereby individuals engage in theft, drugs and murder. In business we also find criminal activity such as fraud, industrial espionage and tax evasion. Other forms of unlawful conduct are associated with civil disputes, these may occur, when neighbours argue about music being played excessively loud. Disputes may also arise between individuals and businesses, when a party fails to deliver the contracted service, or the other fails to pay the bill for services rendered. ‘Conduct contrary to, or forbidden by law’ can give meaning to unlawful conduct. Theft, murder and fraud, are recognisable as unlawful. Other factors also determine when a specific conduct can be considered ‘unlawful’. Technology has played an important part in our lives. The use of the internet has not only brought many benefits to our society, but has also increased the opportunity of engaging in illegal activity, amongst others, illegally downloading music or films. The use without paying of photography, literature and software is also widespread, as an illegal activity. The change in social morality has also been influential when weighing up conduct as ‘unlawful’. Prior to 1967, abortion was illegal, it was wrong and was not contemplated as an option. Back in the 16th century the minimum age for marriage was 14 fo... ... middle of paper ... ... Advisory Committees are set up to keep the law in review and in constant improvement to meet new developments. Proposals for legislative change are also made in the form of Green Papers, these originate from Government departments who identify a need for change, these are then transposed to White Papers which are more of a firm proposal for change in legislation. After having discussed how and why law changes subject to new situations, it is obvious to consider to what extent, should the law respond to these changes. Essentially the law provides for the need of certainty, predictability, order and safety, it is imperative that these values are maintained for society to benefit from a legal system, which is consistent with its rules of conduct, but at the same time, receptive to adjustments or changes in furtherance of its intended purposes.

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