‘Law’s roots’ looks at the origins of law and the distinctive features of the Western legal tradition, as well as religious law and other legal traditions. The two main functions of the law are to preserve order and to do justice. The law lays down certain ground rules. Murder is wrong. So is theft. Legal rules against these and other forms of antisocial behaviour are the most obvious, and the most conspicuous, instances of legal regulation. Another major function of the law is the protection of property and the protection of individual rights. The sources of law and how legislation and statutes are drafted are also considered.