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Constitutional Law

Feb. 29, 2024

Immunity vs. Impunity: What’s the difference and why is it important?

The law has two roles: to constrain our behavior so that we do not harm others, and to promote peace and prosperity throughout society. The first role is focused on the individual and the notion of reward and punishment, while the second role is focused on the community and the notion of duty and obligation.

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These two terms – immunity and impunity – are related, but it is important to remember the difference between them.

Impunity is a characteristic of the way a person treats society while immunity is a characteristic of the way society treats a person. The person who acts with impunity does something for which punishment is due, but he expects, or is allowed, to escape the expected punishment. To say he acts with impunity is to criticize hi...

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