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Teoria e Filosofia do Direito

Distinguishing the distinguishable: interpretative norms and interpretative criteria in adjudication of meaning

Titulo do Livro/Revista:
Interpretivism and the Limits of Law
Autor(es) LPL:
Pedro Moniz Lopes
Autor(es) Externo(s):
David Duarte
Editor(es) Externo(s):
Tomasz Gizbert-Studnicki; Francesca Poggi; Izabela Skoczeń
No âmbito do Projeto:
Lisbon Legal Theory
Áreas de Investigação:
Teoria do Direito
Referência Bibliográfica:
DUARTE, David; MONIZ LOPES, Pedro: Distinguishing the distinguishable: interpretative norms and interpretative criteria in adjudication of meaning, IN: Gizbert-Studnicki, Tomasz; Poggi, Francesca; Skoczeń, Izabela (eds.), Interpretivism and the Limits of Law, Edward Elgar, 2022.
Grupo(s) de Investigação:
Teoria e Filosofia do Direito
978-180-2209-32-7
Editora: Edward Elgar
Ano: 2022

Sinopse

Interpretative norms are contingent norms of legal systems: a system either comprises them or it does not and, if it does, it can comprise either interpretative norm «A» or «B». Interpretative norms are norms that provide criteria (namely, lawmaker’s intention or coherence of the system) to choose among the alternatives of meaning given by a linguistically uncertain norm sentence. When applied by the agent, an interpretative norm either solves the uncertainty at hand (selecting one meaning) or, if such reduction of interpretive discretion to zero is not the case, simply decreases the range of uncertainty. In this latter scenario, a solution ought to be obtained (prohibition of non liquet) and the agent is «free» to elect other criteria for the choice. However, criteria provided by interpretative norms and these other «elected criteria» are not at the same level (they have different deontic statuses): the permissible selection and application of such «elected criteria» to a linguistically uncertain norm sentence is only admissible when the mandatory criteria provided by interpretative norms are exhausted.

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