November 1st, 2011
One of the first things law students learn upon entering law school is that the law can generally be divided into two different and discrete areas: public law and private law. Public law is not really about how to behave in public, but rather concerns the legal relationship between the individual and the state. Issues of crime, of fundamental rights and of interaction with government and its agencies all fall within the domain of public law. So, if the issue being discussed is fundamentally about the relationship between an individual and the state, you are almost certainly discussing an issue of public law.
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