Justice and Law: The One Hundred Year Rule
CUNY Law Review, Vol. 15, pp. 1, 2012
8 Pages Posted: 11 Dec 2012
Date Written: September 26, 2012
The author suggests a rule of thumb to use in the debate over law versus justice: laws are transient creations of man, while justice is eternal. The lack of women’s suffrage, wide-spread racial segregation, and other facts of daily life a hundred years ago were perfectly legal but are now viewed as intolerably unjust anachronisms of history. The author hopes that a hundred years from now the death penalty, economic inequality, homelessness and other social problems existing under our current legal system will similarly be viewed as historically unfathomable offenses against justice.
Keywords: law, justice, jurisprudence
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