I know this question title is awkward, so let me explain by example:
The word "law" means different things in different contexts. You have the "laws of natural science" (e.g. the law of energy conservation) versus the "laws of __" (e.g. shoplifting is against the law).
I have trouble filling in the blank. States? Nations? Jurisdictions? Am I on the right track at all by thinking about governmental jargon?