2019

Adriana ALMĂȘAN, Assoc. Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Bucharest, Legal phrases with no meaning whatsoever

DOI: https://www.doi.org/10.31178/AUBD.2019.11

Abstract: Lawyers should be expert communicators, most of their drafting requiring preciseness and efficient phrasing. However, in practice, legal writing is rarely conveying the information effectively, regardless its importance: from contracts to legislation, from legal literature to documents submitted in courts one may find imprecise, pompous, leaden legal language. Oddly enough, the inadequacies traverse legal systems, languages and cultures, the critique being uniformly applicable around the world. This study follows the legal writing tradition and advocates the simplification and accessibility of this language. 

Keywords: legal language, legalese, legal phrase, drafting, legislation


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