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Вещи, о которых мало кто имеет верное представление

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Виталий Е. Ермолин, студент холодных вод seminarist
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It (the law - S.) is likewise “a rule prescribed”. Because a bare resolution, confined in the breast of the legislator, without manifesting itself by some external sign, can never be properly a law.

Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Laws of England

"Still the words of the statute are not the statute itself; the law expressed by the words is not the same thing as the words which express it. Thus a person imperfectly acquainted with English may know the words of the statute, but he will not know the law. The same is true to a greater or less degree of anyone who comes to the reading of a statute without sufficient legal knowledge. The interpretation of a statute requires not only a knowledge of the meaning of legal technical terms, but also of the whole system of law of which the statute forms a part; in particular it requires a knowledge of the legal rules of interpretation, which are themselves rules of law". (William Geldart, Introduction to English Law: (Originally Elements of English Law), 11th ed. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995), р. 5.