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Obscurity and clarity in the law : prospects and challenges

Author: Anne Wagner; Sophie Cacciaguidi-Fahy
Publisher: Aldershot, Hampshire, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Conference publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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, along with 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,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Conference papers and proceedings
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Material Type: Conference publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Anne Wagner; Sophie Cacciaguidi-Fahy
ISBN: 9780754671435 0754671437
OCLC Number: 191258723
Notes: "The origins of this book lie in the 2nd International Clarity Conference held in Boulogne-sur-Mer (France) in July 2005"--Foreword.
Description: xxii, 262 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: pt. 1. Crossroads between law and language. The ambiguous principle of the clarity of the law / Alexandre Fluckiger ; 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 --
pt. 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.
Responsibility: edited by Anne Wagner, Sophie Cacciaguidi-Fahy.
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