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Dynamic Treaty Interpretation,
Michael P. Van Alstine  * 

Introduction

I. The Domestic Context for the Interpretation of International Conventions

A. The Promise of International Private Law Conventions and Their Curious Legal Nature

B. The Domestic Debate over the Rote of the Judiciary in Interpretive Inquiries

1. The Fundamental Problem
2. The Limited Utility of the Existing Domestic Approaches to Treaty Interpretation
3. The Jurisprudence of Statutory Interpretation in the United States
a. The Context for the Contemporary Controversy
b. Dynamic Approaches

C. The Rise of "New Textualism"

1. Rejection of Legislative History
2. Restrictive View of Judicial Lawmaking Powers

II. Interpreting the New Generation of International Conventions: The Animating Philosophy

A. Textual Considerations

B. The Animating Philosophy and the Influence of Civil Code Methodology

III. The Mandate for a Dynamic Jurisprudence in an Age of Transnational Statutes

[Mandate]

A. Rejection of Textualism (I): Expansion of the Repertoire of Interpretive Techniques

1. The Search for the Elusive "Plain Meaning"
2. The Important Role of Drafting History
3. Expansion of the Interpretive Process

B. Rejection of Textualism (II): Delegation of Lawmaking Power

1. The Delegation of Authority to Participate in International "Common Lawmaking"
2. Contrast with the Uniform Commercial Code

C. Dynamic Jurisprudence in the Development of an International Common Law

1.	The Function of General Principles
a. General Principles and "True Gaps"
b. General Principles and "Hidden Gaps"
2. Dynamic Interpretation in the International Context

D. Building an International Common Law in an Expanded Interpretive Community

CONCLUSION

Endnotes

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