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Vol 21 No 9 Sept/Oct 2016

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Bills of Rights in the Common Law

ISBN13: 9781107680630
Published: May 2015
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
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Scholars have addressed at length the 'what' of judicial review under a bill of rights - scrutinizing legislation and striking it down - but neglected the 'how'. Adopting an internal legal perspective, Robert Leckey addresses that gap by reporting on the processes and activities of judges of the highest courts of Canada, South Africa and the United Kingdom as they apply their relatively new bills of rights. Rejecting the tendency to view rights adjudication as novel and unique, he connects it to the tradition of judging and judicial review in the Commonwealth and identifies respects in which judges' activities in rights cases genuinely are novel - and problematic. Highlighting inventiveness in rights adjudication, including creative remedies and guidance to legislative drafters, he challenges classifications of review as strong or weak. Disputing claims that it is modest and dialogic, he also argues that remedial discretion denies justice to individuals and undermines constitutional supremacy.

Constitutional and Administrative Law
1. Against Bill of Rights exceptionalism
2. The common law, judging, and three Bills of Rights
3. Judicial review of legislation before Bills of Rights
4. Bills of Rights and other means of accessing judgment
5. Putting the strike-down in its place
6. Remedies from text to practice
7. Improving the system and engaging the legislature
8. Rethinking remedies and constitutional supremacy