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Hague Journal on the Rule of Law

, Volume 11, Issue 2–3, pp 315–319 | Cite as

A Rule of Law Guy

  • Richard SannerholmEmail author
Essay
In A Night at the Opera from 1935 there is a wonderful scene where Chico (in the role of Fiorello) and Groucho (in the role of Driftwood) negotiate the contract for an opera singer. The scene is all about definitions, understandings and misunderstandings. A sort of deep dive into what the Germans call Begriffsjurisprudenz, or a very extreme form thereof. It goes like this:
Driftwood

Now pay particular attention to this first clause because it’s most important. It says the, uh… “The party of the first part shall be known in this contract as the party of the first part.” How do you like that? That’s pretty neat, eh?

Fiorello

No, that’s no good

Driftwood

What’s the matter with it?

Fiorello

I dunno. Let’s hear it again

Driftwood

It says the, uh… “The party of the first part shall be known in this contract as the party of the first part.”

Fiorello

That sounds a little better this time

Driftwood

Well, it grows on you. Would you like to hear it once more?

Fiorello

Er… just the first part

Driftwood...

Notes

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.International Legal Assistance ConsortiumStockholmSweden

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