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I'm writing a document in which I must cite several laws and other regulations, but I have a doubt about citations. I endend in the following situation several times:

  • There is law A, the main valid regulation about my subject
  • Law A has later been emended from law B, which either changed already existing informations (some numbers, a specification...) or introduced or removed other ones (provisions, definitions, competence to authorities...)

I would like to know:

  1. When referring to an emended or a later introduced element, should I cite law A or law B?
  2. Is there any difference about the "size" of the emendation? For example, should I behave the same if law B increased a fine from 2000 $ to 2200 $ or introduced a completely new supervisory authority?

I'm particularly intrested on EU/European conventions. References to authoritative sources would be much appreciated.

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  • If you get fined, which amount do you have to pay? the old or the new? – Solar Mike Jun 5 '20 at 8:00
  • It is just the first example I could invent, but in general I refer to the new amount (or definition/rule/authority/aything else). – Ntakwetet Jun 5 '20 at 8:04
  • So you have just answered your question. – Solar Mike Jun 5 '20 at 8:05
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    Something like "Law A (2000), amended by Law B (2007)" might possibly be an option. I'd go to the library and peruse a copy of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation. – Roland Jun 5 '20 at 10:57

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