Observations about the Law, the Legal Mind, and Our Legal System

in Law in the Laboratory

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780226101644
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226101668 | DOI:
Observations about the Law, the Legal Mind, and Our Legal System

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This chapter begins with a brief description of the similarities and differences between science and law, and then discusses lawmaking by Congress, administrative agencies, and courts. Laws in the United States have a hierarchy. The Constitution takes precedence over all laws. Federal statutes and ratified treaties take precedence over federal regulations, which, in turn, take precedence over informal agency statements. Federal statutes, treaties, and regulations take precedence, in most cases, over state laws that may be inconsistent with those statutes, treaties, and regulations.

Keywords: science; law; lawmaking; Congress; administrative agencies; courts

Chapter.  5036 words. 

Subjects: Environment and Energy Law

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