Author(s): Theo J. Angelis, Jonathan H. Harrison. History and Importance of the Rule of Law. 2. The Importance of Law. Bronze inscriptions from this period and later chronicles make direct reference to the legal concept of the preceding Xia Dynasty. The common law is the law made by the courts (which will, often, be based on statutory law). Download (English) Type: Working Papers. The content of national history textbooks seems to be to glorify the nation, to explain why “we” are better than anyone else, and to justify why we should impose our religion, our system of government, and our values on other people in other parts of the world. For example: A law setting up a compulsory educational system. 1. Closer analysis of the role of law vis-à-vis social change leads us to distinguish between the direct and the indirect aspects of the role of law. Early examples of treaties include around 2100 BC an agreement between the rulers of the city-states of Lagash and Umma in Mesopotamia, inscribed on a stone block, setting a prescribed boundary between their two states. ). Early history. The other major source of English law that has developed through the history of law is the common law, which will now be considered. Chapter 1 of the third edition of Letters to a Law Student deals with the question of why anyone would want to study Law, and in the course of so doing defends the importance of law, and by extension the work that lawyers do. Students will listen to John Carey, professor of government at Dartmouth University, tell a story from his travels to Chile that illustrates how a country's respect for the rule of law can be apparent even in the most seemingly mundane circumstances. This lesson provides students with the opportunity to both learn what it means to respect the rule of law and consider its importance in a democracy. Year: 2003. Personally, I wonder if teaching national history is a good idea. Law plays an important indirect role in regard to social change by shaping a direct impact on society. The historical background to the development of the law in England is significant. Basic concepts of international law such as treaties can be traced back thousands of years. "The most ancient of (Chinese) legal ideologies can be traced back about four thousand years to their origin in the first feudal dynasty in Chinese history - the Xia Dynasty (21 st-16th century B.C. This trial was important as it showed that even in times of war, basic moral standards apply in spite of military law principles which oblige a subordinate officer to obey orders. "The true test," wrote the Tribunal, "is not the existence of the (superior) order but whether moral choice (in executing it) … 1. national history.