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Judges in Contemporary Democracy : An International Conversation - Justice Stephen Breyer

Judges in Contemporary Democracy

An International Conversation

By: Justice Stephen Breyer (Editor), Robert Badinter (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st June 2004
ISBN: 9780814799260
Number Of Pages: 317

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Law, politics, and society in the modern West have been marked by the increasing power of the judge: the development of constitutional justice, the evolution of international judiciaries, and judicial systems that extend even further into social life. Judges make decisions that not only enforce the law, but also codify the values of our times.

In the summer of 2000, an esteemed group of judges and legal scholars met in Provence, France, to consider the role of the judge in modern society. They included Robert Badinter, former president of the Constitutional Council in France; Stephen Breyer, Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States; Antonio Cassese, the first president of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia; Dieter Grimm, former vice president of the Constitutional Court of Germany; Gil Carlos Rodriguez, president of the Court of Justice of the European Union; and Ronald Dworkin, formerly of Oxford University, now professor of philosophy and law at the New York University Law School. What followed was an animated discussion ranging from the influence of the media on the judiciary to the development of an international criminal law to the judge's consideration of the judge's own role. Judges in Contemporary Democracy offers a rare and intimate glimpse into the powers and the role of judges in today's society.

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Judicial activismp. 17
Presentationp. 17
Discussion : judicial activismp. 26
The secular papacyp. 67
Presentationp. 67
Discussion : the secular papacyp. 79
Supervision of the political processp. 117
Presentation : judicial checks upon the electoral processp. 117
Discussion : supervision of the political processp. 133
International criminal justicep. 175
Presentationp. 175
Discussion : international criminal justicep. 189
The infernal couple : justice and the media in the information agep. 255
Presentationp. 255
Discussion : the infernal couple : justice and the media in the information agep. 257
The judge confronts himself as judgep. 275
Presentationp. 275
Discussion : the judge confronts himself as judgep. 285
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ISBN: 9780814799260
ISBN-10: 0814799264
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 317
Published: 1st June 2004
Publisher: New York University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.27 x 16.36  x 2.72
Weight (kg): 0.59