David Louk, ‘The Audiences of Statutes’

Although a maxim of statutory drafting is to identify the relevant audience and draft so that the audience can ‘get the message’, conventional theories of statutory interpretation often overlook important considerations about how statutes communicate and delegate to a diverse range of intended audiences. Statutes exist to change the conduct and behavior of many kinds of intended audiences, including administrative agencies, state and local governments, law enforcement officers, corporations, interest groups, lawyers, and laypeople. Influenced by lessons from the philosophies of law and language, this Article contends that Judicial statutory interpretation serves an important yet underappreciated role in providing a legal grammar for how other legal audiences are expected by law to understand, implement, and conform their conduct to the law.

David S Louk, The Audiences of Statutes, 105 Cornell Law Review 137 (2020).

First posted 2021-10-02 14:00:19

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