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. 

 

AIMS & SCOPE

The Journal is also intended to be Indonesian and International forum for discussion and analysis of court decision. Each issue on The Digest: Journal of Jurisprudence and Legisprudence includes insightful analysis and discussion on court decision. The aims and scope of the Journal is to publish high quality articles cocerning to these area:

  • Analysis of Court Decisions
  • Critics on the Legislation Process
  • Philosophy of Law on the Laws and Regulations Establishment
  • Sociology, Histroy, Policis, and Economics Analysis on the Law
  • Relationship between Legislative Problem and Legal Theory
  • Human Rights Approach in the Law