Sometimes when I am studying for my international law class, I feel like I am really studying for a Latin exam. To give you some idea of what I mean I found this at: http://legum.org/
Here are just the A’s
ab extra = from without; from outside: For example: i) Concerning a case, a person may have received some information from a 3rd party: ii) The assistance may have been considered ab extra
ab initio = from the beginning
actus reus = guilty act; the objective element of a crime; the external element of a crime
actus non facit reum nisi mens sit rea = the act does not make a person guilty unless the mind is also guilty
ad coelum/cuius est solum, eius est usque ad caelum et ad inferos = for whoever owns the soil, it is theirs up to Heaven and down to Hell
ad colligenda bona = to collect the goods
ad damnum = According to the harm; appropriate to the harm; a measure of damage inflicted, and implying a remedy if one exists that ought to correspond specifically and only to the damage suffered.
ad hoc = for this (purpose); composed or designed for a particular purpose only
ad hominen = argument against the man; argument to the man: also see argumentum ad hominem
ad idem/consensus ad idem = mutual assent; of the same mind; meeting of the minds: the situation where there is a common understanding in the formation of the contract
ad infinitum = to infinity; continue forever; without limit
ad litem = for the suit; a party appointed by a court to act in a lawsuit on behalf of another party
administrator de bonis non cum testamento annexo = administrator of goods not administered with the will annexed
ad nauseam = repeated continuously or continuing to the point of boredom
Ad quod damnum = According to the harm; appropriate to the harm; a measure of damage inflicted, and implying a remedy if one exists that ought to correspond specifically and only to the damage suffered.
affidavit = declaration upon oath; a formal sworn statement of fact
alter ego = the other
a mensa et thoro = divorce a mensa et thoro; divorce from bed-and-board; a de factoseparation while remaining legally married
amicus curiae/amici curiae = friend of the court/friends of the court
animus nocendi = animus-mind, noceo-to harm: the subjective state of mind of the author of a crime, with reference to the exact knowledge of illegal content of his behavior, and of its possible consequences.
ante = before
arguendo = for the sake of argument
a posteriori = after the fact; (logic) Involving deduction of theories from facts.
a priori = known ahead of time
argumentum a fortiori = even more so; from the stronger; with even stronger reason. For example: i) If it is illegal to steal one apple then it is also illegal to steal ten apples (from smaller to bigger, a minore ad maius): ii) If you can drink ten sodas then it follows that you can drink five (from bigger to smaller, a maiore ad minus).
argumentum ad hominem = argument against the man; argument to the man; attacking the person; replying to an argument or factual claim by attacking or appealing to a characteristic or belief of the source making the argument or claim, rather than by addressing the substance of the argument or producing evidence against the claim
audi alteram partem = hear the other side.
Somehow I think my one semester of Latin in high school won’t be enough to make a difference.