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Interpreting a Democratic Constitution

Stephen Breyer (Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States)



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Oxford University Press
01 January 2008
This is an extended, international edition of Justice Breyer's theory of constitutional interpretation, and the role of courts in a modern democracy. For the revised, international edition Breyer includes an examination of topical debates in Europe, including the legitimacy of the EU and religious freedom under the ECHR.
By:   Stephen Breyer (Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States)
Imprint:   Oxford University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   Revised edition
Dimensions:   Height: 223mm,  Width: 145mm,  Spine: 17mm
Weight:   387g
ISBN:   9780199227075
ISBN 10:   0199227071
Series:   Clarendon Law Lectures
Pages:   216
Publication Date:   01 January 2008
Audience:   College/higher education ,  A / AS level ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
1. Active Liberty ; 2. Freedom of Speech ; 3. Federalism ; 4. The Right of Privacy ; 5. Affirmative Action ; 6. Statutory Interpretation ; 7. Administrative Law ; 8. Purposive Interpretation ; 9. A Broader Application

Stephen Breyer is a Justice of the Unites States Supreme Court.

Reviews for Active Liberty: Interpreting a Democratic Constitution

A brisk, lucid and energetic book, written with conviction and offering a central argument that is at once provocative and appealing...Deserves a place of honour in national debates, now and in the future, about the role of the Supreme Court in American life. * The New Republic * Active Liberty will likely influence not only public debate but also how lawyers craft their cases. * The Wall Street Journal * Provocative and well-argued...What we need more of, Active Liberty insists, is not activist judges but activist citizens. * The New York Times * A breath of fresh air...His calm tone, straightforward language, wise understanding of the judicial craft, and respectful engagement with rival views could not be more timely. * Policy Review * Impeccable advice for the powerful in all walks of life. * The Boston Globe * Breyer's prose is admirably simple and clear, and his discussion shows a keen legal intellect that espouses broad values rather than narrow theories, and a deep, humane concern with fostering democracy and the well-being of the citizenry. This will be essential reading at a possibly watershed moment for the Supreme Court. * Publishers Weekly * Review from previous edition Fluid...Should show up on every litigator's bookshelf, providing how-to advice like a do-it-yourself guidebook to judicial reasoning. * New York Law Journal *

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