The Formula Approach for Indefinite Legal Concepts and the Possible Codification
This chapter explains that there are “indefinite legal concepts” (such as “necessary” and “public interest”) which are intrinsically abstract and indefinite. Merely relying on finding the ordinary meaning of such terms might not be sufficient to understand their meanings and related application. There must be certain formulas developed for such terms to help their interpretation and application. This chapter uses some examples to show that the formula approach is desirable for such indefinite terms and is workable in real practice.
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