Dahl’s Law Dictionary was the first bilingual dictionary containing encyclopedic definitions. The English reader will be able to understand Spanish and Latin American legal concepts through definitions pulled from crucial sources such as:
- The five basic Spanish codes (Civil, Commercial, Criminal, Civil Procedure, and Criminal Procedure)
- Civil Code of Louisiana
- Standard Penal Code for Latin America
- Decisions from the Puerto Rico Supreme Court
The Spanish reader will gain knowledge of the American legal system through fundamental legal sources such as the U.S. Constitution, the Uniform Commercial Code, the Model Penal Code, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, four Restatements of the Law (Conflict of Laws, Contracts, Judgments, and Torts), and decisions of the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico defining American terms.
What’s New in the Sixth Edition
The new edition has been expanded, with both short and long definitions and new fields of law, such as enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards, global warming, mediation, human rights, and international contracts. A special feature is an index that groups together the long definitions by subject matter.
For historical research value, Dahl has included definitions of repealed statutes when they continue to play a critical role in the laws of a particular jurisdiction. This dictionary includes a parallel table where the main entries can be located thematically instead of alphabetically. This device will help readers to find definitions of words they are not necessarily aware of, or which might have been missed in an alphabetical search. These tables also turn the dictionary into a textbook, allowing readers to pursue their areas of interest, jumping from one related definition to another.