Arguments of Statutory Interpretation and Argumentation Schemes

International Journal of Legal Discourse 2017; 2(1): 47–83

30 Pages Posted: 23 Aug 2017

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Fabrizio Macagno

Universidade Nova de Lisboa

Douglas Walton

University of Windsor

Date Written: August 19, 2017

Abstract

In this paper, it is shown how certain defeasible argumentation schemes can be used to represent the logical structure of the most common types of argument used for statutory interpretation both in civil and common law. The method is based on an argumentation structure in which the conclusion, namely, the meaning attributed to a legal source, is modeled as a claim that needs that is be supported by pro and con defeasible arguments. The defeasible nature of each scheme is shown by means of critical questions, which identify the default conditions for the accepting interpretative arguments and provide a method for evaluating a given argument as weak or strong.

Keywords: arguments, statutory interpretation, argumentation schemes, defeasible reasoning, pragmatics

Suggested Citation

Macagno, Fabrizio and Walton, Douglas, Arguments of Statutory Interpretation and Argumentation Schemes (August 19, 2017). International Journal of Legal Discourse 2017; 2(1): 47–83. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3022474

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