Law that is presumed to flow from man’s “natural”
condition, that is the social condition existing prior to the
emergence of government.
Natural law is sometimes used to refer to universal
principles of morality and justice.
, the ancient Roman orator Cicero (106-
43 B.C.) defined natural law as “right reason in
agreement with nature.”
, Thomas Aquinas (1224-1274)
viewed natural law as the “participation in the Eternal
Law by rational creatures.”
The 17th century Dutch jurist Hugo Grotius defined
natural law as rules of human conduct that can be
discovered solely by the use of reason.