Book Chapter

What is Statutory Purpose?

Dale Smith

Law under a Democratic Constitution: Essays in Honour of Jeffrey Goldsworthy | Hart Publishing | Published : 2019


Over the past few decades, an impressive body of work has developed exploring theoretical issues relating to statutory interpretation. Philosophically-informed accounts of the meaning (or, as I shall say, the linguistic content ) of statutory provisions have been proposed. Theories of legislative intent have become more sophisticated, and the sceptical challenge to the existence or utility of legislative intent has been refined in important respects. Increasingly rigorous accounts of textualism and intentionalism have been offered, as well as some robust challenges to the distinction between these two schools of thought.

University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

This research was supported under the Australian Research Council's Discovery Projects funding scheme (project number DP140102670).