Law and Philosophy Workshop
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Friday, October 28, 2011 12:00 PM -1:30 PM
Walsh 495 (Main Campus)
"Communicative Content and Legal Content"
Lawrence Solum joined the Georgetown Law Center faculty in 2011. He was previously John E. Cribbett Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Illinois. In addition to numerous articles, he is coauthor of Destruction of Evidence and editor of the Legal Theory Blog. You can find out more about him here.
Abstract: This paper examines the relationship between the communicative content of legal texts and the content and effect of the legal rules (broadly construed to include rules, standards, and principles) that correspond to these texts. Various relationships are possible. For example, legal content could supervene on communicative content, or legal content could be independent of communicative content. I argue that in the United States the relationship is best characterized as one of defeasible constraint, and I explore the implications of this thesis for debates about statutory and constitutional interpretation and construction.
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