Legal reasoning has traditionally attracted considerable interest in legal theoretical debates. Discussions about the sources doctrine and the methods of legal interpretation have sought to establish a shared doctrinal understanding spanning through all fields of law. The article discusses the characteristics that the sources doctrine developed by the analytical jurisprudence and the methods of legal interpretation recognised by the Bielefelder Kreis have in Finnish environmental law. The authors argue that the hierarchical sources doctrine is merely of limited use in environmental law, as establishing the content of valid environmental norms often requires going beyond the text of the applicable, binding source of law. In some instances a failure of textual interpretation can be covered by historical interpretation, establishing the subjective intention of the legislature. As environmental norms are, however, highly interconnected and dependent on factual evaluations, the interpretation of environmental law gains strong systemic and factual characteristics.
|Status||Publicerad - 15 dec 2016|
- 513 Juridik