Public Law and Statutory Interpretation : Principles and Practice


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This book is the first of its kind to provide a clearly written and comprehensive overview of public law principles, together with the principles and process of statutory interpretation.

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ISBN 9781760021528

Crawford, L & Boughey, J






Weight 0.514 kg


This book is the first of its kind to provide a clearly written and comprehensive overview of public law principles, together with the principles and process of statutory interpretation. The former inform the fundamental nature of the Australian legal system; the latter is vital knowledge in a legal system in which statute law is so pervasive. This approach is consistent with the contemporary case law of the Australian High Court, emphasising that the principles of statutory interpretation reflect the constitutional relationship between the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government.
More particularly, the book provides:

an overview of the origins and key stages in the development of the Australian legal system;
an explanation of the concepts and ideals that form the foundation of Australian public law;
an introduction to the institutions, structures and powers of, and relationships between, the three branches of the Australian government; and
an explanation of how, in light of key public law principles, legislation is interpreted by Australia’s courts.

This book will be useful to scholars and practitioners seeking to understand the foundational principles of Australian public law, or statutory interpretation. The four authors, all experienced researchers and teachers in public law, designed it to be a complete resource for introductory public law units, before students move on to more advanced subjects such as Constitutional and Administrative Law.
The book adopts an engaging and approachable style with expository and analytical text, combined with carefully edited extracts of key cases and straightforward commentary on both foundational and advanced issues. It also includes:

several in-depth case studies, which provide an opportunity to engage with pressing public law issues in a practical context;
discussion questions, reflective exercises and other activities, to demonstrate the contemporary significance of the issues explored in the text.

About the author
Dr Lisa Burton Crawford is a Lecturer in Law at Monash University. Her research focuses on the intersection of constitutional law, administrative law, and legal theory. She is particularly interested in the constitutional foundations and scope of judicial review of executive action, and the constitutional dimensions of contemporary approaches to statutory interpretation. She teaches constitutional law, administrative law, and public law and statutory interpretation. Lisa has published on these and other topics in leading scholarly journals (including Public Law, the Federal Law Review, and Melbourne University Law Review) and edited collections in Australia and abroad. Her book, The Rule of Law and the Australian Constitution, was published by the Federation Press in 2017. Lisa holds a PhD from Monash University (for which she received the 2015 Mollie Holman Doctoral Medal), a BCL (Distinction) from the University of Oxford and a BA/LLB (First Class Honours) from the University of Western Australia. In 2018, Lisa will be joining the University of New South Wales as a Senior Lecturer.

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