Editorial: Legal Interpretation after Endumeni: Clarification, Contestation, Application

Keywords: legal interpretation, Endumeni


This special edition consists of a selection of contributions delivered during a conference "Towards an integrated approach to the interpretation of legal documents: contracts, wills and statutes", hosted by the University of the Western Cape, on 23 March 2018. The aim of the conference was to take stock of the state of legal interpretation in South Africa five years after the watershed judgment was delivered in Joint Natal Municipal Pension Fund v Endumeni Municipality. The papers in the special edition provide a clarification, contestation and application of the Edumeni approach to the interpretation of legal documents.




Barak A Purposive Interpretation in Law (Princeton University Press Princeton 2005)
Eskridge WN "The New Textualism and Normative Canons" 2013 Colum L Rev 531-592
Gardbaum S The New Commonwealth Model of Constitutionalism: Theory and Practice (Cambridge University Press Cambridge 2013)
Manning JF "Second-Generation Textualism" 2010 CLR 1287-1318
Molot J "The Rise and Fall of Textualism" 2006 Colum L Rev 1-69
Mupangavanhu BM "Impact of the Constitution's Normative Framework on the Interpretation of Provisions of the Companies Act 71 of 2008" 2019 PELJ 1-23
Perumalsamy K "The Life and Times of Textualism in South Africa" 2019 PELJ 1-28
Wallis M "Interpretation Before and After Natal Joint Municipal Pension Fund v Endumeni Municipality 2012 4 SA 593 (SCA)" 2019 PELJ 1-29
Bato Star Fishing (Pty) Ltd v Minister of Environmental Affairs 2004 4 SA 490 (CC)
Bothma-Batho Transport (Edms) Bpk v S Bothma & Seun Transport (Edms) Bpk 2014 2 SA 494 (SCA)
Coopers & Lybrand v Bryant 1995 3 SA 761 (A)
Natal Joint Municipal Pension Fund v Endumeni Municipality 2012 4 SA 593 (SCA)
Companies Act 71 of 2008
Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996
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