Book Review: Allan C Hutchinson, Toward an Informal Account of Legal Interpretation

80 Modern Law Review (2017) 1178-1183

Posted: 15 Oct 2020

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Thomas Lundmark

University of Hull - School of Law; University of Münster

Date Written: 2017

Abstract

As stated in its title, this book urges the legal community to embrace what the book’s author, Allan C Hutchinson, describes as an ‘informal’explanation of legal interpretation. Hutchinson employs ‘interpretation’broadly to encompass the activities of finding the law, applying the law, and justifying the result.‘Interpretation’covers statutory and constitutional interpretation as well as judicial pronouncements of common law. Basically, then, ‘interpretation’ is synonymous with judicial activity and, by extension, the activity of lawyers and others involved with the law. The final chapters of the book sketch Hutchinson’s ‘account’ of what is ‘informal’in legal interpretation. It will be seen that ‘informal’signifies more than a mere rejection of what Hutchinson terms ‘formalist’ interpretive methods.

Suggested Citation

Lundmark, Thomas, Book Review: Allan C Hutchinson, Toward an Informal Account of Legal Interpretation (2017). 80 Modern Law Review (2017) 1178-1183, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3680557

Thomas Lundmark (Contact Author)

University of Hull - School of Law ( email )

University of Hull
Hull, HU6 7RX
United Kingdom

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