Incomprehensible! : a study of how our legal system encourages incomprehensibility, why it matters, and what we can do about it / Wendy Wagner with Will Walker.

Wagner, Wendy (Wendy Elizabeth) author.
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2019.
1 online resource (xviii, 342 pages) : digital, PDF file(s).
Law -- United States -- Interpretation and construction.
Law -- United States -- Language.
Law reform -- United States.
The legal system is awash with excessive and incomprehensible information. Yet many of us assume that the unrelenting torrent of information pouring into various legal programs is both inevitable and unstoppable. We have become complacent; but it does not have to be this way. Incomprehensible! argues that surrendering to incomprehensibility is a bad mistake. Drawing together evidence from diverse fields such as consumer protection, financial regulation, patents, chemical control, and administrative and legislative processes, this book identifies a number of important legal programs that are built on the foundational assumption that 'more information is better'. Each of these legal processes have been designed in ways that ignore the imperative of meaningful communication. To rectify this systemic problem, the law must be re-designed to pay careful attention to the problem of incomprehensibility.
Modeling comprehension asymmetries
The implications of comprehension asymmetries for the law
Comprehension asymmetries and consumer protection law
Comprehension asymmetries in financial regulation
Comprehension asymmetries in the law of patents
Comprehension asymmetries in chemical regulation
Comprehension asymmetries in administrative process
Comprehension asymmetries in legislative processes
A blueprint for reform.
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Walker, Will, 1995- author.
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