Thinking about Statutes
Interpretation, Interaction, Improvement
Part of The Hamlyn Lectures
- Author: Andrew Burrows, University of Oxford
We are in the age of statutes; and it is indisputable that statutes are swallowing up the common law. Yet the study of statutes as a coherent whole is rare. In these three lectures, given as the 2017 Hamlyn Lecture series, Professor Andrew Burrows takes on the challenge of thinking seriously and at a practical level about statutes in English law. In his characteristically lively and punchy style, he examines three central aspects which he labels interpretation, interaction and improvement. So how are statutes interpreted? Is statutory interpretation best understood as seeking to effect the intention of Parliament or is that an unhelpful fiction? Can the common law be developed by analogy to statutes? Do the judges have too much power in developing the common law and in interpreting statutes? How can our statutes be improved? These and many other questions are explored and answered in this accessible and thought-provoking analysis.Read more
- Presents the most recent lectures in the renowned Hamlyn Lecture series and discusses statute law from a unique perspective
- Examines statutes in English law in a clear, accessible way that will be particularly useful to law students
- Analyses some fundamental and important questions that all those interested in law need to think about
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- Date Published: August 2018
- format: Adobe eBook Reader
- isbn: 9781108693059
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Table of Contents
1. Statutory interpretation
2. The interaction between common law and statute
3. Improving statutes.
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