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Black Letter Law

A term used to describe basic principles of law that are accepted by a majority of judges in most states.

The term probably derives from the practice of publishers of encyclopedias and legal treatises to highlight principles of law by printing them in boldface type.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Black-letter law refers to the concept that rules are generally well-known and free from doubt or dispute.
'They are, after all, lawmakers themselves, who are perfectly capable of understanding the difference between the black-letter law, on one hand, and the political reality of its perversion in the hands of a tyrant, like Duterte, and his minions,' she added.
Reid finds several aspects of corporate tax law interesting, including tax treaty interpretation, but atop his list is how a specific word in "black-letter law" may have a deep, below-the-surface meaning that requires a tax specialist to understand both the context from the perspective of the drafting of the particular area of law as well as how the word has been historically interpreted in previous jurisprudence.
Educators in law combine theoretical perspective about the nature of academic legal education with information about innovative courses and innovative teaching and learning experiments beyond the traditional "black-letter law" education.
This absence is perhaps not surprising given the relative weakness of the presidency at the turn of the twentieth century and the paucity of black-letter law delineating the executive office.
It is black-letter law that government money cannot directly fund religious activities.
The 17 chapters presented here by Morano-Foadi (European law, Oxford Brookes U., England) and Malena (a protection associate with UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, in Italy) blend legal, sociological, and policy-oriented research in order to investigate the combined effects of black-letter law and practical realities on inequalities experienced by non-EU migrants and asylum-seekers in the EU.
Malcolm Turnbull, on behalf of the opposition, insists on the greater certainty of black-letter law in the interests of investors.
While many of the authors have a legal background, their experiences in various aspects of legal practice, academia and politics, bring a diversity of perspectives to the papers which transcend the black-letter law and enrich the contributions.
Such a path can only be well navigated by one who is in full command both of the background philosophical issues and of the relevant black-letter law. Husak is a very careful and acute navigator of this path.
With businesses operating in often competing and overlapping normative frameworks, preservation of corporate legitimacy, and the ever essential "social license to operate" necessitates consideration of more than black-letter law. These are imperatives that sophisticated corporate actors do not take lightly.