Arguing About Goals: The Diminishing Scope of Legal Reasoning

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    This article investigates the implications of goal-legislation for legal argumentation. In goal-regulation the legislator formulates the aims to be reached, leaving it to the norm-addressee to draft the necessary rules. On the basis of six types of hard cases, it is argued that in such a system there is hardly room for constructing a ratio legis. Legal interpretation is largely reduced to concretisation. This implies that legal argumentation tends to become highly dependent on expert ( non-legal) knowledge.

    Originele taal-2English
    Pagina's (van-tot)211-226
    Aantal pagina's16
    TijdschriftArgumentation
    Volume24
    Nummer van het tijdschrift2
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    StatusPublished - mei-2010

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