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Toward an Informal Account of Legal Interpretation

  • Date Published: November 2017
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316606452

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  • Toward an Informal Account of Legal Interpretation offers a viable account of law, judicial decision-making, and legal interpretation that is as fresh as it is familiar. The author expertly challenges the dominant mode of formalist theorizing and proposes an explanatory account of legal interpretation that can profitably be understood as an 'informal' intervention. Such an informal approach has no truck with either the claims of the formalists (i.e., that law is something separate from ideology) or those of the anti-formalists (i.e., that law is nothing other than ideological posturing). Hutchinson insists that, when understood properly, legal interpretation is an applied exercise in law-and-ideology; it is both constrained and unconstrained in equal measure. In developing this informalist account through a sustained application of the 'no vehicles in the park' rule, this book is wide-ranging in theoretical scope and substance, but also accessible and practical in style.

    • Presents a sustained and original informalist account of legal interpretation
    • Offers a vigorous and constructive critique of existing accounts of legal interpretation
    • Will appeal to both experienced theorists and newcomers to the field
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    • Date Published: November 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316606452
    • length: 198 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 150 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.3kg
    • contains: 7 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. An informal opening
    2. Among the formalist ghosts
    3. Walking softly: the positivist contribution
    4. Walking with purpose: a naturalist turn
    5. Back to the future: an originalist gambit
    6. A hard line: further positivist efforts
    7. Crossing over: the anti-formalist critique
    8. Moving on: an ideological inquiry
    9. Law and ideology: the informalist approach
    10. Looking for the informal judge.

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    Allan C. Hutchinson, York University, Toronto
    Allan C. Hutchinson is Distinguished Research Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto.

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