Legal documents are written in a jargon, and with a length of detail that is totally unnecessary to communicate their messages. The law clerking profession is used by aspiring young lawyers to enhance their legal prospects by developing a reputation for scholarly publications. Because of the traditions of reference to precedents and the use of professional phrases and jargon, legal opinions can run into thousands of unnecessary words, mostly incomprehensible to the public who are to obey and support the law.
The problem appears more prominent in the British system of law where huge chunks from the judgements of the past are elaborated in opinions. The Continental system used in European courts invariably manages concise judgement, whatever disagreements and strong words there may be behind the scenes. In the case of environmental legislation in the USA, the basic laws are detailed on many hundreds of pages, supplemented by thousands of pages of implementing regulations, further refined by policy pronouncements, guidance documents, judicial opinions and related guidance. Many corporate lawyers surveyed admitted that their companies may violate environmental laws as a result of uncertainty and complexity.
The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is a unique, experimental research work of the Union of International Associations. It is currently published as a searchable online platform with profiles of world problems, action strategies, and human values that are interlinked in novel and innovative ways. These connections are based on a range of relationships such as broader and narrower scope, aggravation, relatedness and more. By concentrating on these links and relationships, the Encyclopedia is uniquely positioned to bring focus to the complex and expansive sphere of global issues and their interconnected nature.
The initial content for the Encyclopedia was seeded from UIA’s Yearbook of International Organizations. UIA’s decades of collected data on the enormous variety of association life provided a broad initial perspective on the myriad problems of humanity. Recognizing that international associations are generally confronting world problems and developing action strategies based on particular values, the initial content was based on the descriptions, aims, titles and profiles of international associations.
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