What Is an Example of Positive Law?


Codified federal, state and local laws are all examples of positive law. Legislative acts, judicial orders, executive decrees and administrative regulations are other examples of positive law.

A positive law is any statutory man-made law that is created by a political entity, such as a state. Positive law consists of both statutory and case law. Positive law is often contrasted with natural law. While positive law is a human construct, natural law is seen as universal and determined by nature. Natural law gives rise to a set of accepted moral principles within a society. Positive law is written, while natural law is unwritten. Common law draws on both positive and natural law to establish precedent.