The word jurisprudence derives from the Latin term juris prudentia, which means "the study, knowledge, or science of law." In the United States jurisprudence commonly means the philosophy of law. Legal philosophy has many aspects, but four of them are the most common:

  1. The first and the most prevalent form of jurisprudence seeks to analyze, explain, classify, and criticize entire bodies of law. Law school textbooks and legal encyclopedias represent this type of scholarship.
  2. The second type of jurisprudence compares and contrasts law with other fields of knowledge such as literature, economics, religion, and the social sciences.
  3. The third type of jurisprudence seeks to reveal the historical, moral, and cultural basis of a particular legal concept.
  4. The fourth body of jurisprudence focuses on finding the answer to such abstract questions as "What is law?" and "How do judges (properly) decide cases?"

Jurisprudence is the philosophy and theory of law. It is concerned primarily with what the law is and what it ought to be. That includes questions of how persons and social relations are understood in legal terms, and of the values in and of law. Work that is counted as jurisprudence is mostly philosophical, but it includes work that also belongs to other disciplines, such as sociology, history, politics and economics.

Futhermore, Oliver-Lalana & Witgens (2019), emphasized what “legisprudence” is or where it belongs within the academic landscape can, of course, be disputed. Yet, in their view, legisprudence is best conceived of as a critical-normative discipline dealing with the rationality and justification of legislation; and they further hold that it should be a key chapter of a general theory of law. In brief, they define legisprudence as that branch of jurisprudence which is in charge of the theory of legislation. 



The Digest: Journal of Jurisprudence and Legisprudence is a distinguished Indonesian and International scholarly platform designed to foster discussions and analyses of court decisions. The journal serves as a forum for legal scholars, practitioners, and researchers to contribute high-quality insights and discussions related to various aspects of jurisprudence and legisprudence. The focus and scope of the journal encompass the following key areas:

  1. Analysis of Court Decisions:
  • In-depth examination and analysis of court decisions from diverse legal perspectives.
  • Exploration of the implications, reasoning, and legal precedents set by noteworthy court rulings.
  1. Critics on the Legislation Process:
  • Critical evaluations and discussions on the legislative process.
  • Assessment of the effectiveness, shortcomings, and impact of legislation on the legal system.
  1. Philosophy of Law on the Laws and Regulations Establishment:
  • Exploration of the philosophical underpinnings that influence the creation and establishment of laws and regulations.
  • Examination of the ethical, moral, and jurisprudential foundations shaping legal norms.
  1. Sociology, History, Politics, and Economics Analysis on the Law:
  • Interdisciplinary analyses exploring the intersection of law with sociology, history, politics, and economics.
  • Examination of the social, historical, and economic contexts influencing legal development.
  1. Relationship between Legislative Problems and Legal Theory:
  • Investigation of the intricate relationship between challenges in the legislative process and evolving legal theories.
  • Exploration of how legal theories adapt or respond to contemporary legislative issues.
  1. Human Rights Approach in the Law:
  • Exploration of legal perspectives and approaches to human rights within the framework of the law.
  • Analysis of how legal systems address and uphold human rights principles.


The Digest: Journal of Jurisprudence and Legisprudence is committed to publishing rigorous and impactful articles that contribute to the advancement of knowledge in these areas. The journal welcomes submissions from scholars, legal professionals, and researchers, fostering a dynamic and inclusive dialogue on contemporary legal issues. Through this platform, the journal aims to facilitate the exchange of ideas, promote critical thinking, and contribute to the ongoing development of jurisprudence and legisprudence at both national and international levels.