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
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.