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Limits of legality : the ethics of lawless judging

Author: Jeffrey Brand-Ballard
Publisher: Oxford ; New York, N.Y. : Oxford University Press, 2010.
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""This is the most careful, systematic, exhaustive discussion of the topic I have seen. The author takes great pains never to overstate his claims and the strength of his arguments for them. And I cannot think of a topic or issue the author failed to discuss in safficient detail""--Jacket.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jeffrey Brand-Ballard
ISBN: 9780195342291 0195342291
OCLC Number: 437305837
Description: ix, 354 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Practical reasons and judicial use of force --
Deviating from legal standards --
The legal duties of judges --
The normative classification of legal results --
Reasons to deviate --
Adherence rules --
Obeying adherence rules --
The judicial oath --
Legal duty and political obligation --
Systemic effects --
Agent-relative principles --
Optimal adherence rules --
Guidance rules --
Treating like cases alike --
Implementation --
Theoretical implications --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: Jeffrey Brand-Ballard.

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The law sometimes requires judges to reach results that they consider unjust. Most people assume that judges have a moral obligation to apply the law correctly in such cases. Jeffrey Brand-Ballard  Read more...

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