Law of the Land Law and Legal Definition

The phrase law of the land generally refers to the law in effect in a country and applicable to its members. It includes statutory, administrative, or case-made law. It also refers to the law of the land, embodied in the U.S. Constitution as Due Process of Law. As used in U.S. Constitution, it includes all legal and equitable rules defining Human Rights and duties and providing for their protection and enforcement, both between the state and its citizens and between citizens.

The phrase was used in the Magna Carta to refer to the then established law of the kingdom as distinct from Roman or civil law.