Towards the Systematization of the Japanese Maritime Traffic Law
Faculty of Traffic Safety Science, Maritime Safety Academy, 5-1 Wakaba-cho, Kure-shi, Hiroshima 737, Japan
The existing laws and regulations function as a social engineering system in the vertically-structured society. However it is difficult for nonprofessionals to understand the legal knowledge which has, abstract expressions for provisions, the hierarchy structures of legal systems, the richness of legal text, the deficiency of laws, and so on. In this paper, I discuss, through a jurimetrics approach, the possibility of the systematization of legal knowledge (maritime traffic laws and regulations in Japan; a kind of public law) which is complicated in its structures and nature. Also, I propose, for the purpose of legal norm sentences analysis, the model of legal thoughts and the method of logical formalization using first-order predicate logic.