French, English, Amharic: the law in Ethiopia
Abstract:The language of the law is difficult to translate because words or expressions in a particular language often carry concepts that do not exist in another. In this respect, the dissimilarity between French and English laws is striking. The difficulties further increase when either of these two legal systems – or both – is used as a basis for yet another system which adheres to its own legal traditions. Ethiopia is a particularly good example of such a thorny problem. In the 1950s Emperor Haile Selassie undertook a thorough reform of the legal system. At the time, little thought seems to have been given to the confusion likely to result from the introduction of the French approach into the existing Ethiopian system. The interpretation of these antiquated codes is proving increasingly difficult because law practitioners cannot access French sources. In this particular case, language is shown to be a key factor in the understanding and correct use of the law.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: June 1, 2009
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- Journal of Romance Studies promotes innovative critical work in the areas of linguistics, literature, performing and visual arts, media, material culture, intellectual and cultural history, critical and cultural theory, psychoanalysis, gender studies, social sciences, and anthropology. The primary focus is on those parts of the world that speak, or have spoken, French, Italian, Spanish or Portuguese, but work on other cultures may be included. Issues cross national and disciplinary boundaries in order to stimulate new ways of thinking about cultural history and practice.
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