As a general rule, interpretative clauses provide a safety valve to avoid too narrow an interpretation. But this kind of reasoning is based on a false premise about how the courts deal with treaties. The above-mentioned legal provisions date from a time when contracts tended to be interpreted very narrowly and precisely, as did the method of interpreting legislation. Since the 1970s, the English Supreme Courts have gradually relaxed the rules of treaty interpretation and the process has accelerated over the past decade. See, for example, Lord Clarke`s discussion in the Rainy Sky case (2011) on the principles to be followed, including cases where commercial common sense can be applied. The case has been briefly discussed on this blog here. Unless the context requires otherwise, ——————— the terms defined in and incorporated in Annex A must have the meaning of the terms, each of these definitions applying equally to the singular and plural form of the term thus defined. Here are some examples from the SEC`s EDGAR database for provisions that contain the phrase, unless the context requires otherwise: Clause 3 reproduces Section 61(a) of the APP. But what does that mean? IP Draughts sees the legal definition as a clarification that months should not be considered lunar months. While this may be an important point that needs to be addressed in relations with some countries that still use a version of the lunar calendar, it has not been a credible doubt in Britain for a very long time. Apparently, during the Napoleonic Wars, the British Navy paid its sailors until the lunar month. Unless the context indicates otherwise, ——————— references to sections or subsections refer to sections or subsections of this Agreement. Unless the context requires something else: ————– 1.2.1 singular and plural words are considered as the others and pronouns having one male or female sex are considered as the other.
17 (2) If an Act repeals and reissues a previous Order, with or without amendment, unless it intends otherwise,- Unless the context requires otherwise, references to the “corporation” shall be deemed to be references to the corporation and its subsidiaries. Unless otherwise provided or unless the context indicates otherwise, all references to the singular must contain the plural and vice versa. It`s always a bad idea to use this phrase, as it only offers room for maneuver that an insightful lawyer can exploit. If you wish to derogate from a global agreement in a contract, do so expressly. 23 . In the application of Section 17(2)(a) to laws adopted after the entry into force of this Act or which have been adopted under subordinate laws, the reference to another decree shall include any act or other instrument or document. . . .