The Concept and the Characteristic Features of the Legal Norms

Author:Getty Gabriela Popescu
Position:Dunarea de Jos University of Galati
The Concept and the Characteristic
Features of the Legal Norms
Getty – Gabriela Popescu1
1Dunarea de Jos University of Galati
Abstract: People’s involvement in the life of so ciety is determined by their behavior which
manifests itself through actions, inactions and interpersonal relationships. All these put
together, create the society. The human activity is characterized by its many d imensions. One
of the most important is the normative dimension which involves establishing rules that
organize human behavior. This imposes a certain pattern of behavior on the individual, in
accordance with the social values existing in society at a certain moment. So, within the
human society, which is a dynamic, self-adjusting system, subject to specific processes of
structuring and restructuring, the actions through which people - endowed with their own
conscience an d will – ensure the functionality and dynamic of the social ensemble, can not
occur chaotically, but on contrary, they are carried out in an organized manner, based on
certain social rules, having a standardized nature. So, all social processes are conducted in an
organized manner based on the normative social system.
Human society is built and operated according to principles and rules deriving from the necessity
of a social existence, guiding people’s behavior and their adaptation to the needs of development
and social progress in general. The norms are in fact some rules, some universal statements which
incorporate the particulars and which regulate human conduct in a given action. The norms
influence people’s attitudes, decisions, goals and aspirations. They contribute to the rationalizing
of social life, thus ensuring people’s sociability, but also the predictability of social behaviors and
Initially, the term “norm” had, in Latin, the meaning of rule or of instrument necessary in order to
draw lines, which led in time to a means of directing towards something pre-established that is
the rule or the reference frame of the actions. Social coexistence has accustomed the individual to
show confidence in the previously formulated rules, as they were inferred from the experience of
previous generations.
In I. Huma’s opinion, human actions, in their most simple form of automatic responses to the
environment, are prior to norms which had the possibility of arising only in the frame of more
advanced forms of socio-human existence, when also the idea of ”liability” concerning those who
disrupt the community’s balance is formed. That means that they depend on the nature and
conditions of social action. So, rules are as varied as the types of human activities. Their

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