From Text To Context: The International View

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Zeller, Bruno (2008) From Text To Context: The International View. Macquarie Journal of Business Law, 5. pp. 281-290. ISSN 1449-0269


Literature and case law has acknowledged that a paradigm shift in the interpretation of legal texts has occurred. The textual approach is being slowly replaced by a contextual one. This article intends to point out that such a development is inevitable as international treaties and soft laws mandate a shift to a contextual approach. As many treaties have become part of domestic law – and most of these treaties demand a contextual approach – certainty can only be achieved if domestic law moves in the same direction. This is especially so if the enormous impact of globalization on business in general is taken into consideration.

Item type Article
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Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Law
Historical > FOR Classification > 1801 Law
Historical > SEO Classification > 9404 Justice and the Law
Keywords ResPubID15133. legal texts, legal contracts, interpretion of contracts, legal interpretation, textual, contextual, context, commercial treaties, international trade, international law, international instruments, Sale of Goods (Vienna Convention) Acts, CISG
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