Obscurity and Clarity in the Law: Prospects and Challenges / Edition 1

Obscurity and Clarity in the Law: Prospects and Challenges / Edition 1

by Sophie Cacciaguidi-Fahy, Anne Wagner
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Taylor & Francis


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Obscurity and Clarity in the Law: Prospects and Challenges / Edition 1

This book explores the intricate and multi-dimensional conception of clarity and obscurity in the law. It presents and examines the most recent research and theories, giving practical guidance on how to avoid obscurity in legal drafting and its impact on legal interpretation. The book is aimed at a multidisciplinary audience and seeks to promote an interdisciplinary debate on clarity, law and language, calling for the moving of clarity beyond the study of plain language. The aims of the book are thus two fold. The first is to critically reach a nexus between the disciplines of law and language with respect to the debates on clarity in legal discourse. The second is to achieve an international perspective on the issue, drawing from a wide range of legal and political contexts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780754671435
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 08/01/2008
Edition description: 1
Pages: 284
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Anne Wagner, is an Associate Professor in Applied Linguistics., Université du Littoral Côte d'Opale, France and Sophie Cacciaguidi-Fahy is a lecturer in law at the National University of Ireland, Galway

Table of Contents

Contents: Foreword; Introduction: the chiaroscuro of legal language, Sophie Cacciaguidi-Fahy and Anne Wagner; Part 1 Crossroads Between Law and Language: The ambiguous principle of the clarity of the law, Alexandre Flückiger; Objectivity and subjectivity in interpretation, James Kessler; Rules and statements, Louis E. Wolcher; Unravelling the legislator's tapestry: judicial needlework on encroachment cases, Anne-Françoise Debruche; Customising the model law on international commercial arbitration, Maurizio Gotti; Is the Chinese legal language more ambiguous and vaguer? Deborah Cao. Part 2 An International Perspective: Conceptual and textual structure in legislative texts, Andreas Lötscher; Finland makes its statutes intelligible: good intentions and practicalities, Aino Piehl; The Swedish approach to clear legislation and clear official texts, Barbro Ehrenberg-Sundin; What, how, when and why - making laws easier to understand by using examples and notes, Ben Piper; The illusion of clarity - a critique of 'pure' clarity using examples drawn from judicial interpretations of the Constitution of the United States, M. Douglass Bellis; Between obscurity and clarity in Nigerian legal discourse: aspects of language use in selected written texts, Tunde Opeibi; Bibliography; Index.

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