In any modern state, the interaction between law, ethics, and justice is one of the most important. While it is uncommon for any citizen or official to consider this relationship in the abstract, disagreements over this relationship in specific instances can be both common and severe. The most basic relationship between laws, ethics, and justice is that justice is satisfied when laws enforce ethics. According to this model, ethics describe an individual’s best behavior in a given situation, the law enshrines that individual’s duty to engage in such behavior, and justice is done when the law is enforced and, as a result of this enforcement, the duty is performed by the individual (or, at the very least, protected from interference by others) or, if it is not performed, the individual is punished. 


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