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Judicial Activism and the Democratic Rule of Law: Selected Case Studies

Judicial Activism and the Democratic Rule of Law: Selected Case Studies

by Sonja C. Grover


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In this book the author argues that judicial activism in respect of the protection of human rights and dignity and the right to due process is an essential element of the democratic rule of law in a constitutional democracy as opposed to being ‘judicial overreach’. Selected recent case law is explored from the US and Canadian Supreme Courts as well as the European Court of Human Rights illustrating that these Courts have, at times, engaged in judicial activism in the service of providing equal protection of the law and due process to the powerless but have, on other occasions, employed legalistic but insupportable strategies to sidestep that obligation.
The book will be of interest to those with a deep concern regarding the factors that influence judicial decision-making and the judiciary's role through judgments in promoting and preserving the underpinnings of democracy. This includes legal researchers, the judiciary, practicing counsel and legal academics and law students as well as those in the area of democracy studies, in addition to scholars in the fields of sociology and philosophy of law.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783030350840
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Publication date: 03/27/2020
Edition description: 1st ed. 2020
Pages: 276
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Judicial Activism and Its Intersection with Democratic Rule of Law.- The Supreme Court of the United States and Judicial Activism in the Trump Era.- Judicial Activism in Selected Cases Decided by the Supreme Court of Canada.- Judicial Activism, the "Living Instrument" Doctrine and the European Court of Human Rights.- "Principled Judicial Activism" in Defense of Our Common Humanity.- Concluding Comment.