As a non-native speaker, I'm often unsure whether I should put the before certain words. I'm currently writing an academic paper and I have this problem with the phrase "deprivation of liberty", which I need to use a lot.
Take this sentence, for example:
The Committee has interpreted the CRPD as outlawing (the) deprivation of liberty on the basis of disability.
Should I write "the deprivation of liberty" or "deprivation of liberty" is alright? I feel like the sentence would sound better if this the is omitted (there are too many the's already), but I would bear with it if not using the article here would be a mistake.
I checked some official legal documents where the phrase is frequently used. Here're some examples:
article 14(1)(b) prohibits the deprivation of liberty on the basis of actual or perceived impairment
extensive discussions on the need to include a qualifier, such as “solely” or “exclusively”, in the prohibition of deprivation of liberty
include a provision for periodic review of the deprivation of liberty
the absolute ban of deprivation of liberty on the basis of actual or perceived impairment
I noticed that they omitted the definite article in sentences where another definite article is used close to the phrase in question (preceding it). Is it an actual rule to follow, or just a coincidence? Are there even rules for these situations, or we can just write whatever sounds better? Should I use or omit the in my own example?