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By Robert Leckey

Students have addressed at size the 'what' of judicial evaluation less than a invoice of rights - scrutinizing laws and amazing it down - yet missed the 'how'. Adopting an inner felony viewpoint, Robert Leckey addresses that hole by way of reporting at the techniques and actions of judges of the top courts of Canada, South Africa and the uk as they observe their fairly new accounts of rights. Rejecting the tendency to view rights adjudication as novel and designated, he connects it to the culture of judging and judicial evaluation within the Commonwealth and identifies respects within which judges' actions in rights situations certainly are novel - and not easy. Highlighting inventiveness in rights adjudication, together with artistic treatments and counsel to legislative drafters, he demanding situations classifications of assessment as powerful or vulnerable. Disputing claims that it really is modest and dialogic, he additionally argues that remedial discretion denies justice to members and undermines constitutional supremacy.

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While one might define an internal perspective in a number of ways,12 internal refers here to close attention to texts and processes within legal institutions, appreciated using professional legal knowledge. The internal approach accepts that legal rules, precedents, and practices constrain the exercise of power, although they do not determine it. Unlike occasionally cynical external views, the internal approach rejects the idea that the processes of adjudication are mere window dressing for the deployment of power.

Compare, on ‘large-N’ studies, Anne Meuwese and Mila Versteeg, ‘Quantitative Methods for Comparative Constitutional Law’, in Practice and Theory in Comparative Law, ed. Maurice Adams and Jacco Bomhoff (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012). , Roach, Supreme Court on Trial; Kavanagh, Constitutional Review under the UK Human Rights Act; Theunis Roux, The Politics of Principle: The First South African Constitutional Court, – (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013). 84 This book responds to criticisms that comparative constitutional research is abstract and ‘acontextual’,85 but the context that it draws into its story of rights adjudication is primarily legal: the practices of judging before and under the bills of rights.

94 The book also bears on bills of rights in the common law in another sense. Given its internal, legal approach, it is concerned with how bills of rights operate relative to the Commonwealth adjudicative tradition. Its interest in procedural, technical matters central to the common law contrasts with the idealized accounts of substantive values that mark research under the banner of common-law constitutionalism. , 4. , Mark Tushnet, ‘The Rise of Weak-Form Judicial Review’, in Comparative Constitutional Law, ed.

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