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Interpreting Constitutions: A Comparative Study

Jeffrey Goldsworthy


This book describes the constitutions of six major federations and how they have been interpreted by their highest courts, compares the interpretive methods and underlying principles that have guided the courts, and explores the reasons for major differences between these methods and principles. Among the interpretive methods discussed are textualism, purposivism, structuralism, and originalism. Each of the six federations is the subject of a separate chapter written by an authority in the field: Australia, Canada, Germany, India, South Africa, and the United States. Each chapter describes not ... More

Keywords: constitutions, textualism, purposivism, structuralism, Australia, Canada, Germany, India, South Africa, United States

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Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199226474
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199226474.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeffrey Goldsworthy, editor
Professor of Law, Monash University

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