2014 JSI Seminar Series: Dr Arie Rosen

31 July 2014

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Statutory interpretation and the many values of legislation.

The question of statutory interpretation is closely connected to convictions we have in our political theory. Our particular understanding of the nature and value of modern legislative practices affects our approach to the interpretation of the statutes they produce. This paper develops two arguments in this regard. The first argument traces the way varying understandings of modern legislation and alternative accounts of the value of legislative practices should lead to different modes of statutory interpretation. The second argument criticizes existing theories of statutory interpretation for assuming a monolithic account of the practices and value of legislation and suggests that different approaches to statutory interpretation might be appropriate for different exercises of legislative power.

Dr Arie Rosen is a lecturer in legal philosophy at the University of Auckland Faculty of Law. His research interests include jurisprudence, political philosophy and hermeneutics.

Employing a contextual approach to questions of legal philosophy, Arie's work tries to shed light on abstract conceptual controversies by locating them in their practical, political and historical context. His current work focuses on relations of authority within the modern state, and the way such relations shape contemporary understandings of law, adjudication, and legal interpretation.
Before joining the University of Auckland, Arie was the Emile Noël Postdoctoral Fellow at NYU School of Law and served as the Associate Editor of the International Journal of Constitutional Law (I.CON).

Arie completed his J.S.D. at New York University School of Law in summer 2012. His dissertation deals with relations of legal authority within the modern state, and the way such relations have shaped controversies in legal theory and practice.

Prior to his doctoral studies, Arie completed an LL.M. at NYU as an Arthur T. Vanderbilt scholar, and received undergraduate degrees in law and in philosophy from Tel Aviv University.

Lawyers/barristers: attendance at this lecture is equal to 1.5 MCLE/CPD unit.

Time: 6.00pm-8.00pm

Location: Faculty Common Room, Level 4, New Law Building (F10), Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney

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