Instructor(s): Anver Emon

For graduate students, the course number is LAW7063HF.

Note: The Blackboard program will be used for this course. Students must self-enrol in Blackboard as soon as confirmed in the course in order to obtain course information.

So much of law school, especially the first year curriculum, emphasizes the common law dynamics of legal argument, reasoning and doctrine. And yet, since the 20th century, Common Law jurisdictions have witnessed a dramatic rise in legislative enactments and regulations that courts are often required to interpret. Statutes, as products of a democratic process of legislative drafting and consensus, introduce into both the classroom and judiciary, a whole host of question and concerns about the Rule of Law: democratic decision-making, constitutional design, the dynamics and limits of judicial review, and the role of law as communicative acts targeting different (and at times competing) audiences. This course will concentrate on the fundamental role of statutes in our legal system and their relationship to the Common Law, examine the distinct and often contrary interpretive approaches to statutory analysis, and introduce students to the role of the legislative drafter at the intersection of policy making and law making.

During the course of the term, students will be required (a) to attend and participate in lectures (10%), (b) to write 3 responses to the readings of 500-750 words each (20%), and (c) complete an 8-hour take-home exam at the end of the term (70%) of 4,000 to 4,500 words.

At a Glance

First Term
Perspective course


40 JD


T: 10:30 - 12:20