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The Element of Authority


This element represents a classification of terms that describe some aspect of legal authority as it is exercised within society.  This classification includes the authority of both individuals and institutions.  Terms of authority describe concepts of authority, for example how rights, which convey authority, are granted or revoked.

For instance, the terms federalism and physical duress are both classified under the Legal Element of Authority.  The former describes a system of government where authority is divided between national and regional governments.  The latter describes the use of physical methods to control or influence the actions of another, thereby depriving the oppressed party of their right to exercise their own authority.

About the Legal Elements

With legal terminology it�s important to understand both the what and the why.  That is, you need to know both what the term means and why it�s important in the eyes of the law.  Without understanding the why, you can miss the point even with a perfectly good definition in mind. That�s why Clear-Point Law has created a proprietary system for indexing legal terminology. We call it The Legal Elements.

The legal elements provide non-lawyers with a context for legal terms.  These elements represent the key concepts of legal thinking and provide the answer to the question, why is this important.  It doesn�t matter if the issue is criminality or contracts.  For a description of all 12 Legal Elements, see our Overview of the Legal Elements.

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