Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder
So, some US states have "Romeo and Juliet laws" involving sexual contact among minors, but THIS BLOG ENTRY IS NOT ABOUT THAT, it is about the fact that I started thinking that a law nicknamed a "Romeo and Juliet law" ought to be prohibiting apothecaries from selling poisons! Or maybe prohibiting apothecaries from selling super confusing coma potions!
So Leonard and I started discussing: what other laws could we name after Shakespeare plays?
A King Lear law: mandating equality of inheritances for all heirs.
An Othello law: protection against secret accusations.
A Hamlet law: Food safety! Funeral meats cannot be reused to furnish a wedding table! [Leonard came up with this one and I loved it.]
A Two Gentlemen of Verona law: Minimum staffing. Verona must have at least two gentlemen on hand at all times.
A Macbeth law: Forest protections. Or: a person born via Caesarean section (including prematurely) is still, legally, the child of the person whose womb that was.
A Tempest law: a newly created island country must include, in its governing charter, basic protections and procedures that make the country compliant with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. [Also Leonard's.]
I'm extremely inexperienced with Shakespeare's histories so I'm like, "Uh, a Henriad law: before you go into battle you're entitled to get a really good speech."
17 Aug 2023, 23:58 p.m.
20 Aug 2023, 1:40 a.m.