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Elements of Contract Interpretation

Steven J. Burton


This book examines the American law of contract interpretation in detail. Intended primarily for lawyers, judges, legal scholars, and law students, the book focuses attention on the elements of contract interpretation — the evidentiary facts that are legally relevant when interpreting a contract. The book describes and analyzes how courts do and should perform three practical tasks in contract interpretation. First, courts identify the terms to be interpreted (under the parol evidence rule); second, courts decide whether a contract is relevantly ambiguous; third, fact-finders (judges or juries ... More

Keywords: ambiguous contracts, ambiguity contracts, unclear contracts, parol evidence rule, contract law, context, interpretation, construing contracts, contract terms

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195337495
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195337495.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steven J. Burton, author
University of Iowa