Conclusion and a Comparison

Kent Greenawalt

in Legal Interpretation

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780199756131
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199855292 | DOI:
Conclusion and a Comparison

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The previous chapters looked at the basic components of legal interpretation. These explored how other disciplines might bear on legal texts; what constitutes desirable performance and the meaning of informal instructions; and the various aspects of interpreting texts (and oral communications) created by private individuals but enforceable in law. This concluding chapter offers a few general observations about how these efforts relate to what will follow in subsequent volumes, and compares its conclusions with those of an outstanding Israeli judge and jurist, Aharon Barak, who has offered a general, comprehensive theory for the interpretation of legal texts.

Keywords: legal interpretation; textual interpretation; Aharon Barak; legal text

Chapter.  4739 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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