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Interpreting Statutes

A Comparative Study, 1st Edition

By D. Neil MacCormick, Robert S. Summers


576 pages

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This book is a work of outstanding importance for scholars of comparative law and jurisprudence and for lawyers engaged in EC law or other international forms of practice. It reviews, compares and analyses the practice of interpretation in nine countries representing Europe as well as the US and Argentina in common and civil law; it also explores implications for general theories of interpretation and of justification. Its authors, who include Aulis Aarnio, Robert Alexy, Ralf Dreier, Enrique Zuleta-Puceiro, Michel Troper, Christophe Grzegorczyk, Jean-Louis Gardes, Enrico Pattaro, Michele Taruffo, Massimo La Torre, Jerry Wroblewski, Alexsander Peczenik, Gunnar Bergholtz and Zenon Bankowski, as well as editors Robert S. Summers and D. Neil MacCormick, constitute an international team of great distinction; they have worked on this project for over seven years.


’The book will be a storehouse of information about the legal cultures of the countries. The editors are to be congratulated on organising the transnational effort to impose order on a disorderly subject (or non-subject).’ The International and Comparative Law Quarterly ’The comparative methods used in the book both in structuring the national reports and in offering a comparative analysis, are highly praiseworthy.’ Professor Dr U Drobnig, Max-Planck-Institut, Germany

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction, Robert Summers; Ithaca on method and methodology, Zenon Bankowski, Neil MacCormick and Jerzy Wroblewski; Statutory Interpretation in Argentina, Enrique Zuleta-Puceiro; Statutory interpretation in the Federal Republic of Germany, Robert Alexy and Ralf Drier; Statutory interpretation in Finland, Aulis Aarnio; Statutory Interpretation In France, Michel Troper, Christophe Grzegorczyk and Jean Louis Gardes; Statutory Interpretation in Italy, Massimo La Torre, Enrico Pattaro and Michele Taruffo; Statutory Interpretation in Poland, Jerzy Wroblewski; Statutory Interpretation in Sweden, Alexsander Peczenik and Gunnar Bergholtz; Statutory Interpretation in the United Kingdom, Zenon Bankowski and Neil MacCormick; Statutory Interpretation in the United States, Robert S. Summers; Interpretation and Comparative Analysis, Robert S. Summers and Michele Taruffo; Interpretation and Justification, Neil MacCormick and Robert S. Summers; Appendix; Index.

About the Authors

D. Neil MacCormick, Regius Professor of Public Law and the Law of Nature and Nations, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK and Robert S. Summers, McRoberts Research Professor of Law, Cornell University, New York, USA

About the Series

Applied Legal Philosophy

Applied Legal Philosophy
The principal objective of this series is to encourage the publication of books which adopt a theoretical approach to the study of particular areas or aspects of law, or deal with general theories of law in a way which is directed at issues of practical, moral and political concern in specific legal contexts. The general approach is both analytical and critical and relates to the socio-political background of law reform issues. This series includes studies of all the main areas of law, presented in a manner which relates to the concerns of specialist legal academics and practitioners. Each book makes an original contribution to an area of legal study while being comprehensible to those engaged in a wide variety of disciplines. Their legal content is principally Anglo-American, but a wide-ranging comparative approach is encouraged and authors are drawn from a variety of jurisdictions.

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LAW / Jurisprudence