From Presumption to Interpretation

Giuristi dell’Università di Perugia, F. Treggiari (ed.) (Rome, 2009), pp. 217-39

17 Pages Posted: 5 Oct 2016

Date Written: September 30, 2006


Interpretation is one of the broadest headings of legal science, particularly in the continental legal tradition, in which the jurist is identified chiefly as an interpreter. This essay shows how the formation of a general category of interpretation in the late 16th century resulted from the convergence of two separate activities: the interpretation of law and the conjecture or presumption of facts (will). The source is offered by a text from Jacopo Menochio's De praesumptionibus (1587).

Keywords: interpretation, presumption, law of contract

Suggested Citation

Giuliani, Adolfo, From Presumption to Interpretation (September 30, 2006). Giuristi dell’Università di Perugia, F. Treggiari (ed.) (Rome, 2009), pp. 217-39. Available at SSRN:

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