Malum In Se Legal Meaning and Definition

Here is a simplified definition of the legal term Malum In Se.

Malum In Se (noun)

This a Latin phrase, pronounced "mal-uhm in say," which literally translates to 'wrong in itself'. It refers to actions that are inherently illegal because of their naturally harmful or immoral character, such as murder or theft. These actions are seen as wrong, regardless of whether they're specified in the law or not, because they directly infringe upon human rights.