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Basic notions of Law for everyday life

Basic notions of Law for everyday life Basic notions of Law for everyday life
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Interdisciplinary Learning CoursesBasic notions of Law for everyday life

Where there is society, there is Law (“Ubi societas, ibi ius”).

From buying a metro ticket, filing a complaint with the police because my cell phone was stolen, to giving my consent to marry: everything, absolutely everything in a society, is regulated by legal norms. And it had to be that way, without some game rules, coexistence would be impossible, insecurity and chaos would reign.
That is precisely why Law exists, so that people can live together and defend themselves from others without resorting to violence, but through a set of ordered legal norms

But where do these rules come from? Who makes them and how? To what extent do they affect me in my day-to-day life? How can I improve as a citizen and contribute to the improvement of society as a whole by knowing them, respecting them and demanding that they be respected by others?
This course aims to offer, from a practical (and basic, so that it can be followed by students outside the legal field) approach, the rudiments of our legal system, the essence of the rule of law that makes social order possible.

Learning Objectives

  • Know the bases of our Rule of Law and its organization.
  • Learn the essential legal concepts of greatest impact for citizens and that are both professionally and personally useful.
  • Prevent conflicts that may derive from coexistence.
  • Be able to defend ourselves through legal channels from any illegitimate interference.
  • Acquire legal culture that allows us to debate current issues with knowledge of the facts.

Contents of the Subject

Basic notions of Law for everyday life

  • 1.- Introduction, organization and operation of the subject.
  • 2.- What is Law? Concept and different legal disciplines.
  • 3.- The legal norms: origin, classes and hierarchy. The effectiveness of the legal norm.
  • 4.- European, State, regional and local regulations.
  • 5.- Organization and operation of the public powers: legislative, executive and judicial.
  • 6.- The judicial procedure.
  • 7.- Legal personality: legal capacity and capacity to act.
  • 8.- The rights of the personality: in the physical and spiritual sphere of the person.
  • 9.- Citizenship, nationality, legal residence and domicile.
  • 10.- Family law: marriage, de facto unions, divorces.
  • 11.- Affiliation and parental authority.
  • 12.- Succession law: inheritance.
  • 13.- Useful notions on administrative law.
  • 14.- An approach to criminal law.
  • 15.- Basic notions of labor law.


Teresa Martínez Díaz Professor of Basic notions of Law for everyday life

Teresa Martínez Díaz

Academic training:
Bachelor's Degree in Law and Economics and Business Sciences from the Universidad Pontificia Comillas-ICADE (E-3) Master's degree in Teacher training from the San Pablo-CEU University

Professional experience:
Chase Manhattan Bank (Representative Office in Spain)
Audihispana (Tax consultancy)
Barclays Bank (Premier Banking)
Nebrija University (Professor of the School of Social Sciences)