The Intention of Parliament

Public Law, 709-726, 2010

Posted: 12 Jun 2015

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Richard Ekins

University of Oxford - Faculty of Law

Date Written: 2010


Argues that it is not a mysterious proposition that groups form and act on the intentions of Parliament and that the institution of Parliament itself acts on intentions without reducing individual legislators' intentions. Examines legislative intent from Parliament as being of practical relevance to the need for an interpretive inquiry and argument. Outlines doubts that such an intention exists, referring to the scepticism by Ronald Dworkin. Considers the idea of a joint plan of action for all legislators and the role of purposive groups. Looks at the structure of legislative action and the operation of particular legislative acts. Examines the practical relevance of legislative intent.

JEL Classification: K00

Suggested Citation

Ekins, Richard, The Intention of Parliament (2010). Public Law, 709-726, 2010. Available at SSRN:

Richard Ekins (Contact Author)

University of Oxford - Faculty of Law ( email )

St Giles
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3JP
United Kingdom


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