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Research Canons

Books and articles that are essential to a new academic in various areas of legal inquiry as suggested by contributors to PrawfsBlawg.


  1. Frank H. Easterbrook, Statutes' Domains, 50 U. Chi. L. Rev. 533 (1983) (suggested by Mike Dimino).
  2. Frank H. Easterbrook, Text, History, and Structure in Statutory Interpretation17 Harv. J.L. & Pub. Pol'y. 61 (1994) (suggested by Andy).
  3. William N. Eskridge & Philip P. Frickey, Foreword: Law as Equilibrium, 108 Harv. L. Rev. 26 (1994) (suggested by Mike Dimino).
  4. Felix Frankfurter, Some Reflections on the Reading of Statutes, 47 Colum. L. Rev. 527 (1947) (suggested by Andy).
  5. Karl N. Llewellyn, Remarks on the Theory of Appellate Decision and the Rules or Canons About How Statutes Are To Be Construed, 3 Vand. L. Rev. 395 (1950) (suggested by Mike Dimino).
  6. John F. Manning, The Absurdity Doctrine, 116 Harv. L. Rev. 2387 (2003) (suggested by Mike Dimino).
  7. John F. Manning, Textualism as a Nondelegation Doctrine, 97 Colum. L. Rev. 673 (1997) (suggested by Andy).
  8.  John F. Manning, What Divides Textualists From Purposivists?, 106 Colum. L.Rev. 70 (2006) (suggested by Andy).
  9. Richard A. Posner, Statutory Interpretation -- in the Classroom and in the Courtroom, 50 U. Chi. L. Rev. 800 (1983) (suggested by Mike Dimino).
  10. Stephen S. Ross, Where Have You Gone, Karl Llewellyn? Should Congress Turn Its Lonely Eyes To You?, 45 Vand. L. Rev. 561 (1992) (suggested by Mike Dimino).


  1. Stephen Breyer, Active Liberty: Interpreting Our Democratic Constitution (2006) (suggested by Mike Dimino).
  2. Guido Calabresi, A Common Law for the Age of Statutes (1982) (suggested by Mike Dimino).
  3. Reed Dickerson, Interpretation and Application of Statutes (1976) (suggested by S.cotus).
  4. Gustav A. Endlich, A Commentary on the Interpretation of Statutes (1901) (suggested by S.cotus).
  5. William N. Eskridge Jr., Dynamic Statutory Interpretation (1994) (suggested by Mike Dimino).
  6. Francis Lieber, Legal and Political Hermeneutics, or Principles of Interpretation and Construction in Law and Politics: With Remarks on Precedents and Authorities (1839) (also available from HeinOnline; suggested by S.cotus).
  7. Antonin Scalia, A Matter of Interpretation (1997) (suggested by Mike Dimino).