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Statutory Interpretation: Pragmatics and Argumentation


ISBN13: 9781108429344
Published: February 2021
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £85.00



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Statutory interpretation involves the reconstruction of the meaning of a legal statement when it cannot be considered as accepted or granted. This phenomenon needs to be considered not only from the legal and linguistic perspective, but also from the argumentative one - which focuses on the strategies for defending a controversial or doubtful viewpoint. This book draws upon linguistics, legal theory, computing, and dialectics to present an argumentation-based approach to statutory interpretation. By translating and summarizing the existing legal interpretative canons into eleven patterns of natural arguments - called argumentation schemes - the authors offer a system of argumentation strategies for developing, defending, assessing, and attacking an interpretation.

Illustrated through major cases from both common and civil law, this methodology is summarized in diagrams and maps for application to computer sciences. These visuals help make the structures, strategies, and vulnerabilities of legal reasoning accessible to both legal professionals and laypeople.

Subjects:
Statutory Interpretation and Legislative Drafting
Contents:
1. Interpretation and statutory interpretation
2. Statutory interpretation as problem solving
3. Interpretation and pragmatics: legal ambiguity
4. Pragmatic maxims and presumptions in legal interpretation
5. Arguments of statutory interpretation and argumentation schemes
6. Classification and formalization of interpretative schemes