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The Art of Writing the Law

The art of writing the law knows no law. The alchemy of writing cannot
be codified. The recent provisions which have disfigured the Civil
Code only tend to indicate that artists are rare. But the Code itself,
in its original freshness and in the 1964-1975 version, reveals some
of the secrets of its art, by mixing popular and scholarly styles, by
offering maxims in the form of adages, by referring to jurisprudence,
custom, reason, by limiting itself to the essential in the crucible of
its articles. Its source is profound. The art of writing the law is that of
a craftsman. In each country it is historical, cultural, idiomatic. It is
thanks to their linguistic complicity that the legislator and the citizens
understand one another. Just as architecture – the link is obvious – the
writing of the law is the signature of a people.


Référence électonique : Gérard CORNU, "The Art of Writing the Law", Pouvoirs, revue française d’études constitutionnelles et politiques, n°107, 107 - Le Code civil, p.5-10 . Consulté le 2023-02-03 05:42:06 . URL : https://www.revue-pouvoirs.fr/The-Art-of-Writing-the-Law.html