Almost nobody I know has even read any law. Whenever I have, it has been a frustrating exercise in deciphering jargon and ridiculously long sentences. It leaves me a modest degree of terrified to do anything, because everything is probably illegal by some interpretation of some corner of some strange grammar used in some paragraph or other somewhere.
Remember, too, that our legal system was designed to temper the "everything is probably illegal by some interpretation..." nature. That's why you have a right to confront your accuser, a right to a jury of your peers, the "reasonable man" standard, so on and so forth.
However, keep in mind this is Chinese law which at this point is only enforced selectively to back the goals of its dictator and the CCP. If dictator Xi Jumping did not want this feel good story to run, it would not have ran. If this farmer had any way even hinted it crossing the communist party of China, he probably would have been murdered and buried in his own field.
Have you heard about the UpCodes suit? No pressure on UpCodes or anything, but if they don't win forget trying to understand it, you might not even be able to read the law without paying a fee.
I take your point, it's scary that we're subject to so many rules and regulations that most of us are completely unaware of (and I say that as someone who has studied law) but imagine how much worse that will be if we aren't even able to freely read the rules in the first place?
Drywall, insulation, plumbing, electrical all these products work their way into the laws encoded in building codes. Many of the companies have members on the committees of these "non-profit" organizations.
It's terrible. It's part of the reason houses cost so much.
Everyone wants their piece of the pie. If you want to house yourself, first you must feed everyone else.
Look in any industry and their regulating bodies and often it's a revolving door of key executives giving each other a slap on the wrist now and then and not effectively regulating or punishing clear wrongdoing.
After that you’re still going to need to talk to a lawyer, but you should be able to keep up with what’s being said.
EDIT: This may even be the reason why legal tech in the US is way ahead of europe.
My guess is that Civil law simply doesn't need that much specialized tech since the law is clearly defined by the law books. The need to search tons of case law is mostly a result of the antiquated Common law system.
Once we knew it was wrong, it was too late. Recisions aren't as simple as just returning the money and the legal overhead was greater than the total money raised.
Oh well. We know better today.
In US law in not sure because they put so much weight on precedent, that it's probably mostly difficult to find out what applies.
A normal justice system has multiple checks and balances to keep undeserving people out of jail. In the US these have all been eroded and the result is the highest incarceration rate in the world.
Do you know case law well enough to resolve disputes?
Its not just about mot going to jail, it's also about not being taken advantage of.
You can see it when people with the basic understanding of police interactions can avoid so much illegal stuff happening if they just know when to say no.
one friend commented "law school teaches you about the operating system of society"
It’s why you see a lot of COOs and CEOs with some legal background or at least familiarity.
An alternative hypothesis based on people I know - traditionally, smart/middle-to-high class people pick between medicine, law, and finance, with law school being the default. Then many of these people realize they don't like practicing law so they transition into something else.
* What are the ways recognised by the law in which people acquire property? One way is simply by holding it for a long time; another is by receiving it, as through an inheritance; a third is when property results from other property, as when an apple tree produces apples.
* What do "rights" mean in a legal context and where do they originate from? Some are intrinsic, some are the result of agreements.
* What are the laws of marriage and inheritance and how have they changed over time?
Would definitely fill in the pieces from some of my own study of law
... yeah no those are nothing alike at all...
I don't think it's fair to say that approaching a foreign language has nothing to do with approaching a new programming language.
I should have specified it was learning Koine Greek that helped (Latin was somewhat of a bridge that made it less painful, because Latin also relies heavily on declension/conjugation instead of straight word order). Koine Greek is wildly different than English. I think it would be the difference between something like going from an OOP language to something like Prolog.
I am trilingual, but I have never found anything in natural languages to be useful for programming (well, apart from knowing English because most of the software is written in it). Moreover - learning syntax of a programming language is the easiest part.
The hardest part for natural languages are your vocab/familiarity with the culture, and the hardest part of programming languages is your familiarity with the ecosystem/libraries.
There have been studies that show children with a bilingual upbringing tend to score higher in school.
So it might indirectly help with programming, or at least help with learning to program.
I think it did help a bit because it made me think about the syntactic structure intellectually, where my native tounge the syntax comes intuitively.
Not saying it magically made me a super programmer or anything, but i feel like it certainly didnt hurt my programming skill.
I get it if there just isn't an English equivalent for a phrase, but when there is, and it fits 100%, it should be unacceptable to use anything else.
You go to law school to learn security exploits.
You go to law school to learn how people convince other people to force other people to do things.
What you learn in law school is less fundamental and more specific to the system at hand. You learn contracts, property, criminal law, constitutional law, legal methods, civil procerude... torts...
You learn the specifics so that the system can be exploited.
If you think people who study law have some deep insight on the true nature of civilizations and the rules that humans operate under you are completely wrong.
Questions like which system is better? Communism or capitalism? Dictatorship or Democracy? Are not what you study in law school.
Remember law school is about security exploits.
The law is structured in such a way that the judges and courts have a great deal of freedom and discretion about which laws to enforce when, and can decide not to enforce laws at specific times. This is seen as a strength of the system, in that it prevents a lot of obtuse bickering over minor details of legal interpretation. The judge can do maneuvers like saying "The spirit and intent of the law was this, doesn't matter what it actually says" and this is legal. So yes the Chinese state probably does have protections for this sort of thing, but they probably never enforce any of them because of rampant abuse.
The thing is, if you try to use your right to petition Beijing, for example, you will be harassed and may be arrested.
I followed the story on weibo of a parent who petitioned Beijing for better discipline in schools after bullies took out her son's eye. She was followed by agents, prevented from taking her son to hospital appointments in the city and forced to sign a "confession" that she was a dissident.
So yes, you have the right, but if you use it, you will be targeted. So stop spreading this "China is not so bad, it has the same freedoms as in the west!" bs.
> All this with the humongous caveat that courts and judges will often not enforce laws as they are written
Please don't use selective quotations to misrepresent the viewpoints of other commenters.
Seems like you've deliberately misinterpreted my comment
1. a local court always stands on the lower level of authority to local administration and party committee, and can always be overruled by them.
2. only a court of above standing administrative unit can overrule your local court, but to get there you need to get through a local court first.
The Office of the Law Revision Counsel is responsible for taking each individual Act of Congress and updating the USC appropriately.
The Law Student's Toolkit class on Coursera from Yale's Ian Ayers covers some similar ground.
Not hard to see, you can even read the original article in google translate, which seems to be their only source and they still messed it up.
The case was 16 years start to finish, not him studying law.
He used a lawyer..... "Wang Enlin began work to protect his rights in 2006 and received assistance from the Center for Legal Assistance to Pollution Victims (CLAPV) in 2007" 
Sure you just want a meme to make you happy, but Reddit did this story years ago. And they have new memes that are untrue and fun there now.
The more real story here is still kinda cool . But this isn't close to the truth.
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