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The nature and authority of precedent

Author: Neil Duxbury
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Document   Computer File : English
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"Neil Duxbury examines how precedents constrain legal decision-makers and how legal decision-makers relax and avoid those constraints. There is no single principle or theory which explains the authority of precedent but rather a number of arguments which raise rebuttable presumptions in favour of precedent-following. This book examines the force and the limitations of these arguments and shows that although the  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: (OCoLC)174449835
(OCoLC)779917924
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Computer File, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Neil Duxbury
ISBN: 9780521885799 0521885795 9780521713368 0521713366 0511818688 9780511818684
OCLC Number: 174449835
Description: xv, 189 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. I. Introduction: the usable past. Precedent ; Positivism and precedent ; A theory of precedent? --
pt. II. Why does English law have a doctrine of precedent?. The formation of a doctrine of precedent --
pt. III. Precedents as reasons. Looking for a certain ratio ; Shortcuts to reason ; Pre-emptive precedent? ; Conclusion --
pt. IV. Distinguishing, overruling and the problem of self-reference. Distinguishing ; Overruling ; The power to overrule oneself ; The authority of the practice statement --
pt. V. Why follow precedent?. Consequentialist justifications ; Deontological arguments ; Conclusion.
Responsibility: Neil Duxbury.

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"...For the American reader concerned with precedent in constitutional law, there is much food for thought..." --Matthew J. Franck, Radford University; Visiting Fellow, Princeton University, The Law Read more...

 
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