Understanding foreign law can be quite tricky. Living in the United States can askew how we look at the world and sometimes we take for granted what we have here in the US. It’s a burden of a sorts because it can alter our worldly view in dangerous ways. To hear that the Chevron Ecuador judgment will be reversed was something of a shock to most of the community I feel and I was forced to begin looking at news from other sources so to not have my opinion colored by the presence of the all-consuming American media. I look for outside media sources from Europe or the Middle east to help break down the foreign legal systems from the eyes of more impartial reporters than those of the media found in the United States itself. It’s really just the way Americans think.
Learning to understand the technical jargon can be easier than you might expect if you have a firm basis for some already, even if it’s American law, you’ll find that it’s easier than starting at zero. I’ve always found that looking at a country’s Constitution can provide some invaluable insight into how their legal system is going to work. Getting a law dictionary is also going to be an invaluable source of information for you to have, as you can look to it for references as you read whichever documents or case that you have in mind. Labor is a big issue all over the world and all governments try to establish some sort of labor regulations to follow, despite some being less progressive than others, it’s a start. Any rights at all are a good beginning for a working class people and Ecuador’s judgement will be sending ripples throughout the legal community as they pour over the details of this case.