Construing Statutes: The Interaction between a Statute's Linguistic Content and Principles of Statutory Interpretation

  • Goldsworthy, Jeffrey (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Campbell, Thomas (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Emerton, Patrick (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Smith, Dale (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Greenberg, Mark (Partner Investigator (PI))

    Project: Research

    Project Details

    Project Description

    This project aims to identify the factors that determine what legal effect a statutory provision has - what effect it has on the content of the law - in cases where its legal effect is modified by another legal rule or principle. Such cases are commonplace, but the way in which statutory provisions interact with other legal rules or principles is poorly understood. The outcome of our project will be a general methodology for construing Australian statutes which can resolve problems that existing methodologies cannot. This will provide much-needed guidance to judges, and will advance our understanding of important legal and political issues concerning the effect that statutory provisions have on the content of the law.
    Effective start/end date2/01/1430/12/18


    • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$258,000.00