Public Justice Private Dispute Resolution and Democracy
Trevor C. W. Farrow
York University - Osgoode Hall Law School
July 21, 2008
CLPE Research Paper No. 18/2008
This paper is about the widespread and systematic privatization of the public civil justice system. In particular, it: (1) documents the move to privatize civil disputes across all aspects of the justice system (including courts, administrative tribunals and state-sanctioned arbitration regimes); (2) looks at some of the benefits and drawbacks of privatization, specifically including negative impacts on systems of democratic governance; and (3) identifies justice - rather than efficiency - as the primary benchmark by which civil justice reform initiatives should be judged.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 70
Keywords: privatization, civil justice, administrative law, alternative dispute resolution, arbitration, democracy, efficiency, reform
JEL Classification: K23, K41
Date posted: July 21, 2008
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