To Whom is the Law Addressed?

63 Pages Posted: 16 May 2006

Abstract

This article analyzes the sociolinguistic "addressee" for statutes, regulations, and court rulings, and argues that all law is addressed to state actors rather than the general citizenry.

Keywords: law, legal, sociolinguistic, language, law and language, Bentham, Kelsen, statutes, interpretation, notice, construction, audience design, state actors, plain English, autopoeisis, linguistic, postivism, acoustic separation

Suggested Citation

Stevenson, Drury D., To Whom is the Law Addressed?. Yale Law & Policy Review, Vol. 21, 2003, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=902128

Drury D. Stevenson (Contact Author)

South Texas College of Law Houston ( email )

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