A Dialogue on Constitutional and Statutory Interpretation

80 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 1610

10 Pages Posted: 17 Oct 2016  

Date Written: November 1, 2012


This dialogue addresses oft-discussed questions of statutory and constitutional interpretation.  The topics include the reasons for treating statutory text as determinative, the arguments for not treating legislative history as authoritative evidence of statutory meaning or legislative intent, the permissibility of excising absurd results and/or scrivener’s errors from a statute’s scope, the proper method of interpreting often-technical legal texts, and the differences between statutory and constitutional interpretation (with emphasis on the proper role for The Federalist in constitutional adjudication).

Suggested Citation

Scalia, The Honorable Antonin and Manning, John F., A Dialogue on Constitutional and Statutory Interpretation (November 1, 2012). 80 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 1610. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2852430 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2852430

John F. Manning (Contact Author)

Harvard Law School ( email )

1575 Massachusetts
Hauser 406
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

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