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Anna Moorby DipTrans  Identity Verified
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Nov 11, 2002

In a document I am translating there are chunks of citations from a law from the Dominican Republic. Does anyone know of an online resource whereby you can search for laws and find their translations in English? I don\'t want to get this wrong. Also it would save me a lot of time ;o)

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Parrot  Identity Verified
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Ready-made translations are hard to come by Nov 11, 2002

unless they have been cited in studies, in the UN or in related agencies (see supplementary studies links in the page below, for example). However, this link helps to context a lot of them:

(It would have been easier if you had asked for the German Civil Code).

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Spencer Allman
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Unofficial translations Nov 12, 2002

I don\'t know if this will help but I use a website that contains translations of some Finnish laws. They are usually marked \'unofficial translations\' which suggests to me that one could do the same: produce an \'unofficial translation\' and mark it so. Unless a translation of a law has been used officially I suppose that it has to remain \'unofficial\' as simply a working document. Perhaps it is unlikely that national laws will be translated into other languages - what would be the point? (Unless it be for information). But I am afraid I can only speak for Finnish law.

In the case of EU legislation I believe the policy now is to produce \'language versions\' of new laws, thus acknowledging the \'impossibility\' of translating legislation?

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