Judicial Activism and Fidelity to Law

in Luís Pereira Coutinho/Massimo La Torre/Steven D. Smith (eds.), Judicial Activism: An Interdisciplinary Approach to the American and European Experiences, Springer: Berlin, 2015

24 Pages Posted: 16 Nov 2018

Date Written: 2015

Abstract

This Essay contrasts three accounts of judicial fidelity to law, labeled ‘legalism’, ‘idealism’ and ‘pluralism’. It then explores the more persuasive model of adjudication ― pluralism ― in greater depth, examining five fundamental principles of the law both in general theory and in the exemplary context of stare decisis. This framework is deployed to outline a typology of judicial activism comprising three varieties. A final section focuses briefly on the special case of judicial review of legislation.

Keywords: Judicial Activism, Fidelity to Law, Models of Adjudication

Suggested Citation

Almeida Ribeiro, Gonçalo, Judicial Activism and Fidelity to Law (2015). in Luís Pereira Coutinho/Massimo La Torre/Steven D. Smith (eds.), Judicial Activism: An Interdisciplinary Approach to the American and European Experiences, Springer: Berlin, 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3271028 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3271028

Gonçalo Almeida Ribeiro (Contact Author)

Católica Global School of Law ( email )

Lisboa
Portugal

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