The totally official guide to GA 2 “Rights and Duties”

Welcome to the totally official guide to GA 2 "Rights and Duties of WA States". This will be a public commentary on the resolution which is absolutely and entirely official. Before everything else, time to talk history. GA 2 is a resolution based on UN 49 (HR 49) "Rights and Duties of UN States". Both … Continue reading The totally official guide to GA 2 “Rights and Duties”

Drafting GA resolution text

Drafting GA resolution text, as with other legislative texts, is somewhat difficult for someone without experience to do well. In general I have other advice for the more conceptual stages. But this post relates only to the actual part of writing your proposal. Present tense Use present tense when you are legislating for present and … Continue reading Drafting GA resolution text

Use tests instead of “reasonable”

Photo by Sora Shimazaki on I posted a while back about how "reasonable" is not a standard and is too amorphous to make good law. Some people have asked me for some next steps for replacing "reasonable". The answer is to borrow from jurisprudence and use tests. What tests do broadly is give articulable … Continue reading Use tests instead of “reasonable”

Politics in the United Commonwealth

The United Commonwealth is composed of two co-equal sovereignties, the Roman Republic and the Kingdom of the Angles. The two of them are joined in a federal structure at the Imperial Parliament (also called the federal Parliament). The republic The republic was founded in 0 RE by Lucius Junius Brutus. The modern republic of 1920 … Continue reading Politics in the United Commonwealth

Just saying ‘reasonable’ is not a standard

Lots of authors just like to throw out the word "reasonable" into their drafts and pretend that it is a catch-all for everything. That is not what what "reasonable" actually is; and absent any clear statement of what "reasonable" is, it cannot be such a catch-all. Alone, "reasonable" establishes no clear, workable, or effective standard. … Continue reading Just saying ‘reasonable’ is not a standard

Court style repeals

Repeals traditionally are written in UN style. That style has proven more versatile for cases where an opinion needs to be conveyed, which – sadly for the United Nations – is reflective of the mostly advisory capacity in which the UN currently operates. This usually involves a list of various introductory verbs – concerned, exasperated, … Continue reading Court style repeals