Substantive Law Definition and Legal Meaning

On this page, you'll find the legal definition and meaning of Substantive Law, written in plain English, along with examples of how it is used.

What is Substantive Law?

(n) A substantive law is the legislation which defines the principles, objectives, circumstances, limitations etc governing the society and the rights of the individual. For example an individual has a right to express but it limits that right when it is against the national integrity. A substantive law establishes the principles where as a procedural law details the procedure to establish the rights.