- intro chapter 1, 2, 4 – parts, rules of interpretation, canons, common law
- overview outline chapter 6-11 – elements of a rule, gaps, logic
- interpretation, -Ejusdem Generis, Expressio unius, Lord Hoffmann’s principles ,linguistic ambiguity,
- see also basic legal logic And argumentation schemes ….
- ambiguity and misunderstanding in the law
- briefing cases in syllogisms
- ambiguity in ‘And , ‘Or’
- linguistics syntax
- unilateral contracts problems
- TX contract practice
- Ejusdem Generis
- presumptive argumentation schemes
- deductive logic
- inductive logic
- intra-type counter arguments
Ejusdem generis is latin for “of the same kind.” When a law lists lists classes of persons or things, this concept is used to clarify such a list.
For example, if a law refers to automobiles, trucks, tractors, motorcycles, and other motor-powered vehicles, a court might use ejusdem generis to hold that such vehicles would not include airplanes, because the list included only land-based transportation.
expressio unius est exclusio alterius n
[New Latin, the explicit mention of one (thing) is the exclusion of another]
: a principle in statutory construction: when one or more things of a class are expressly mentioned others of the same class are excluded