3.13 – Interpreting the Law through Corpus Linguistics

This is Briefly, a production of the University of Chicago Law Review. Today we’re discussing Corpus Linguistics, which is a sub-field of linguistics that employs database searches to study language usage. Through this linguistic method, jurists, lawyers, and legal academics can add empirical rigor to textualist assumptions regarding the legal meaning of words, based on … Continue reading 3.13 – Interpreting the Law through Corpus Linguistics

The Law of Clarity and the Clarity of Law by Michael A. Francus

Professor Richard Re’s Clarity Doctrines sheds light on a neglected and growing legal phenomenon, legal rules that turn on clarity. He is correct to note that these clarity doctrines can serve important aims in law. He is likewise correct to note that clarity doctrines necessarily calibrate conflicting values, as when they promote the finality of … Continue reading The Law of Clarity and the Clarity of Law by Michael A. Francus