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Judicial Law-Making in English and German Courts

Techniques and Limits of Statutory Interpretation

Book | 1st edition 2018 | Europe | Martin Brenncke

"This book is a valuable study of how two jurisdictions approach the task of statutory interpretation in a complex and multivalent constitutional environment. It is the product of considerable scholarship across the two jurisdictions and a fine sensitivity to the various factors and different theoretical dimensions which inform the interpretative exercise. The exposition is clear. The argument is forceful. As with all the best works of comparative law, one reads this book and learns as much about one’s own legal system as about the system with which it is compared." – from the Foreword by Philip Sales (Lord Justice of Appeal, England & Wales)

How far do contemporary English and German judges go when they interpret national legislation? Where are the limits of statutory interpretation when they venture outside the constraints of the text?

Judicial Law-making in English and German Courts is concerned with the limits of judicial power in a legal system. It addresses the often neglected relationship between statutory interpretation and constitutional law. It traces the practical implications of constitutional principles by exploring the outer limits of what courts regard themselves as authorised to do in the area of statutory interpretation. The book critically analyses, reconstructs and compares judicial law-making in English and German courts from comparative, methodological and constitutional perspectives. It maps the differences and commonalities in both jurisdictions and then offers explanatory accounts for these differences and similarities based on constitutional, institutional, political, historical, cultural and international factors.

It will be shown that a fundamental unity of statutory interpretation exists in English and German judicial practice in the sphere of rights-consistent and EU-conforming judicial law-making. The constitutional settings and legal cultures in Germany and the UK have converged in both areas of judicial law-making. However, that is not the case for judicial law-making under conventional canons of statutory interpretation, where significant differences in judicial approach to statutory interpretation remain.

Judicial Law-making in English and German Courts is the first monograph in English that compares English and German legal methodology as applied in judicial practice, appealing to those interested in statutory interpretation, comparative law or legal methodology.

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Type of product Book
Format Hardback
EAN / ISSN 9781780682693 / 9781780687902
Series name Intersentia Studies On Courts And Judges
Weight 950 g
Status Available
Number of pages xxxiv + 438 p.
Access to exercice No
Publisher Intersentia
Language English
Publication Date Oct 31, 2018
Available on Jurisquare No
Available on Strada Belgique No
Available on Strada Europe No
Available on Strada Luxembourg No


  • Table of contents and preliminary pages
  • Chapter 1. Introduction
    Martin Brenncke
  • Chapter 2. Conventional Canons of Statutory Interpretation
    Martin Brenncke
  • Chapter 3. Rights-Consistent Interpretation
    Martin Brenncke
  • Chapter 4. The European Legal Duty of Conforming Interpretation
    Martin Brenncke
  • Chapter 5. Conclusion
    Martin Brenncke