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257B Statutory Interpretation (3)

Discussion - 3 units. Elective course for Environmental Law Certificate Program. This course provides an introduction to the theory and practice of statutory interpretation.  It covers the principal schools of thought regarding textualism, purposivism, and pragmatism in statutory interpretation; the debates over the proper use of legislative history; the textual and substantive canons of interpretations (including norms of deference to non-judicial actors such as administrative agencies); and the force of stare decisis  in the interpretation of statutes.  The instructor plans to use many examples from the field of risk regulation (including environmental and health/safety risks), but the questions the course examines are relevant to most areas of contemporary legal practice.

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