Les Intraduisibles: German-English


English language knows just one word for two abstract ideas: the word "justice" stands for Gerechtigkeit (justice) and Gerichtsbarkeit (the administration of justice). As strange as it may sound, but a "justice system" is not the same as a Justizsystem. The denotation is the same (the slices of reality those terms refer to) but their connotation is different. The former is less technical than the latter. It carries the assumption of justice to be done, rather than just laws to be administered.

Schedler Andreas 1/18/2002