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Realms of Legal Interpretation: Core Elements and Critical Variations

Kent Greenawalt


Legal norms may forbid, require, or authorize a particular form of behavior. The law of contracts, for example, informs people how to enter into agreements that will bind both sides, and from this we establish legal requirements on how they should behave. In public law, legal standards provide authority to legislators and executive officials to set standards for citizens, and also give judges the authority to decide disputes by applying and interpreting governing standards. This book focuses on how courts decide what is legally forbidden or authorized, and how context shapes their decisions. T ... More

Keywords: legal norms, law of contracts, public law, judges, legal interpretation, courts

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190882860
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190882860.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kent Greenawalt, author
Columbia University