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  1. Entrapment.Daniel J. Hill, Stephen K. McLeod & Attila Tanyi - forthcoming - In Valsamis Mitsilegas, Pedro Caeiro, Sabine Gless, Miguel João Costa & Foivi Mouzakiti (eds.), Elgar Encylopedia of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.
    We discuss how the law and scholars have approached three questions. First, what acts count as acts of entrapment? Secondly, is entrapment a permissible method of law-enforcement and, if so, in what circumstances? Thirdly, what must criminal courts do, in response to the finding that an offence was brought about by an act of entrapment, in order to deliver justice? While noting the contrary tendency, we suggest that the first question should be addressed in a manner that is neutral about (...)
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  2. Normas de Derechos Humanos: entre principios y reglas.Julieta A. Rabanos - 2021 - Iuris Dictio 27 (27):101-109.
    En ocasión del 70° aniversario de la Declaración Universal de Derechos Humanos (DUDH), propongo reflexionar sobre el problema conceptual relacionado a las disposiciones normativas que son usadas para reconocer y/o establecer derechos humanos. La pregunta puede ser formulada así: estas disposiciones normativas, ¿qué tipo de normas expresan? ¿Son reglas, principios o ambos, de acuerdo con las circunstancias? Responder a esta pregunta implica la solución de dos problemas diferentes. Por una parte, un problema conceptual: ¿qué tipo de teoría o enfoque puede (...)
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  3. Naturalizing Interpretation: A First Approach on “Hardware” and “Software” Determinants of Legal Interpretation.Pedro Moniz Lopes & Raquel Franco - 2019 - In David Duarte, Pedro Moniz Lopes & Jorge Silva Sampaio (eds.), Legal Interpretation and Scientific Knowledge. Springer Verlag. pp. 47-79.
    In matters such as legal interpretation, analytical legal theory has long focused on the structure of thought rather than on the psychological process of thinking. In doing so, despite accepting that interpreting is a psychological process, linguistic and logical analysis was favored in lieu of sociological, psychological and behavioral enterprises. This is mainly because the latter—dubbed, at the best possible scenario, “soft core science”—contradicted, in his predictive aim, the paradigm of the “free-willed rational man” that ALT presupposed. But here is (...)
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  4. The Elusive Object of Punishment.Gabriel S. Mendlow - 2019 - Legal Theory 25 (2):105-131.
    All observers of our legal system recognize that criminal statutes can be complex and obscure. But statutory obscurity often takes a particular form that most observers have overlooked: uncertainty about the identity of the wrong a statute aims to punish. It is not uncommon for parties to disagree about the identity of the underlying wrong even as they agree on the statute's elements. Hidden in plain sight, these unexamined disagreements underlie or exacerbate an assortment of familiar disputes—about venue, vagueness, and (...)
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  5. The Politics of Legal Interpretation.Giorgio Pino - 2019 - In David Duarte, Pedro Moniz Lopes & Jorge Silva Sampaio (eds.), Legal Interpretation and Scientific Knowledge. Springer Verlag. pp. 29-45.
    Is legal interpretation a kind of scientific enterprise? Can there be such a thing as a ‘scientific interpretation’ in the law? And why do such questions matter? Are they even worth asking? My aim in this essay is to look into questions of this sort, in order to show, ultimately, that legal interpretation belongs less to the realm of science than to the realm of politics: legal interpretation, I will argue, is an intensely evaluative and decisional activity rather than a (...)
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  6. Arguments of Statutory Interpretation and Argumentation Schemes.Fabrizio Macagno & Douglas Walton - 2017 - International Journal of Legal Discourse 1 (21):47–83.
    In this paper it is shown how certain defeasible argumentation schemes can be used to represent the logical structure of the most common types of argument used for statutory interpretation both in civil and common law. The method is based on an argumentation structure in which the conclusion, namely, the meaning attributed to a legal source, is modeled as a claim that needs that is be supported by pro and con defeasible arguments. The defeasible nature of each scheme is shown (...)
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  7. An Argumentation Framework for Contested Cases of Statutory Interpretation.Fabrizio Macagno, Giovanni Sartor & Douglas Walton - 2016 - Artificial Intelligence and Law 24 (1):51-91.
    This paper proposes an argumentation-based procedure for legal interpretation, by reinterpreting the traditional canons of textual interpretation in terms of argumentation schemes, which are then classified, formalized, and represented through argument visualization and evaluation tools. The problem of statutory interpretation is framed as one of weighing contested interpretations as pro and con arguments. The paper builds an interpretation procedure by formulating a set of argumentation schemes that can be used to comparatively evaluate the types of arguments used in cases of (...)
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