Ubi societas ibi jus. Uderstanding America and its laws

by Luca Melchionna, Aldo Panunzio

A new column on La VOCE to explore the States through its legal system. Because if there is no society without a system of standards, legal issues are social issues. In this column we will analyze constitutional issues, corporate, tax, immigration, business to tell the US companies (Leggi in italiano)

We are grateful to La VOCE di New York for the opportunity given to discuss legal issues. We are Italians and American Attorneys. Because of our dual education and training, our roots are in two very different legal systems: the Civil Law (Italy) and the Common Law (the US). A famous comparatist, Rene David, used to say that it is important for a jurist to point out at similarities rather than differences of legal systems. However, we think there is more than revealing differences.

Our objective is straightforward: use the column to give Italian, European and American readers information on American and International legal issues (valuable tools in the Fritz Machlup’s “knowledge society/economy”). Constitutional, corporate, tax, immigration, commercial, contractual legal issues, just to name a few, will be the object of our analysis because we want to expose social issues from a regulatory perspectives.

Is there the need of a ‘legal’ column? We like to refer to the principle at the base of Roman law: ubi societas ibi jus. There cannot be a society without a rule. And a rule is the nutrient of the same community. We believe that legal problems are social issues that need communal reasoning and possibly a solution.

If you want to understand how the US Law system works, please start reading the following Disclaimer.

Disclaimer: This is not an advertisement. In this column we do not intend to provide legal advice to anyone, either individuals or companies. This column is for educational purpose only and should not be relied upon as legal advice. This columns does not intend to create an attorney-client relationship. Pursuant to Internal Revenue Service guidance, be advised that any federal tax advice contained in this written or electronic communication is not intended or written to be used and it cannot be used by any person or entity for the purpose of (i) avoiding any tax penalties that may be imposed by the Internal Revenue Service or any other U.S. Federal taxing authority or agency or (ii) promoting, marketing or recommending to another party any transaction or matter addressed herein.


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