February 25th, 2009

You don't say!

Next quarter's EMBA class: Law and CSR

Grad school is finishing up the last program, and has given us the books and schedule for the one that starts March 29th. One of my four new classes is Law and Corporate Social Responsibility, and one of the assigned papers we need to read and understand before the first day of class is the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

I'm posting about this because reading through this document is bringing up a tsunami of copy-editing twitches, and I'm not even a particularly excellent copy-editor. A period where there should be comma confused me for several minutes. There are parts that are, going from the numbering, just flat out missing. There's a pattern of a hard line feed just before an "in order to" that I still can't decide if it's intended to be part of the previous sentence (which ends in a comma, which would lead me to think that it does) or be some sort of break like a bullet point would be.

About the only law-making I've watched in action has been the WorldCon bylaws and Hugo rules, where such things would be quickly spotted and fixed or at least made more clear.

Is there a standard "guide to reading official government statutes" that might help me come to terms with this thing?