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Making the law more transparent: Text linguistics for legislative drafting


Höfler, Stefan (2019). Making the law more transparent: Text linguistics for legislative drafting. In: Vogel, Friedemann. Legal linguistics beyond borders: Language and law in a world of media, globalisation and social conflicts. Berlin: Duncker & Humblot, 229-252.

Abstract

An increasingly globalised and digitalised legal environment creates additional pressure for legislative texts to be drafted in a clear and transparent way. In this chapter, I argue that text linguistics can make a valuable contribution to how this goal can be achieved. To substantiate this argument, I provide specific examples from legislative drafting in Switzerland. I show how the concepts and methods of text linguistics can help drafters identify and remedy impediments to the transparency of statutes and regulations at a functional, thematic and propositional level of textual structure. I conclude the chapter with a summary of the challenges that lie ahead and the solutions I believe we need to devise to maintain the transparency of the law in a globalised world.

Abstract

An increasingly globalised and digitalised legal environment creates additional pressure for legislative texts to be drafted in a clear and transparent way. In this chapter, I argue that text linguistics can make a valuable contribution to how this goal can be achieved. To substantiate this argument, I provide specific examples from legislative drafting in Switzerland. I show how the concepts and methods of text linguistics can help drafters identify and remedy impediments to the transparency of statutes and regulations at a functional, thematic and propositional level of textual structure. I conclude the chapter with a summary of the challenges that lie ahead and the solutions I believe we need to devise to maintain the transparency of the law in a globalised world.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of German Studies
02 Faculty of Law > Institute of Legal Sciences > Constitutional, Administrative and International Law
Dewey Decimal Classification:430 German & related languages
Language:English
Date:2019
Deposited On:13 Aug 2019 06:28
Last Modified:25 Sep 2019 00:39
Publisher:Duncker & Humblot
Series Name:Sprache und Medialität des Rechts / Language and Media of Law (SMR)
Number:2
ISBN:978-3-428-15423-4
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.3790/978-3-428-55423-2

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