Definition of public law in English:

public law


  • [mass noun] The law of relations between individuals and the state.

    ‘a body governed by public law’
    • ‘You will have heard on the arguments that there were some interesting points raised particularly on the overlap between public law and private law.’
    • ‘Rescues were co-operative affairs, and although they were underpinned by law, this was the ordinary private law, not public law.’
    • ‘The key to this all is that the US law of legal tender is private law, not public law.’
    • ‘As has been noted, the legality of their actions can be challenged in public law by applications for judicial review.’
    • ‘However, these principles had never strictly applied in public law and judicial review.’