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Understanding Common Law Legislation: Drafting and Interpretation

F. A. R. Bennion


This book is a distillation of a larger work Bennion on Statutory Interpretation. It consists of an introduction and eighteen chapters each summarized at the end. The common law system presented here is called the Global method both because it is worldwide and because it requires the interpreter to take every relevant consideration into account, including (under the doctrine of precedent) previous court decisions. The book starts by explaining what is meant by ‘common law legislation’. It then says that construing common law legislation has often been found difficult as an analytical concept, ... More

Keywords: common law system, Global method, common law legislation, legal education, literal rule, mischief rule, golden role

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199564101
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199564101.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

F. A. R. Bennion, author
Research Associate, University of Oxford Centre for Socio-Legal Studies