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Random Justice: On Lotteries and Legal Decision-Making

Neil Duxbury


Chance inevitably plays a role in law but it is not often that we consciously try to import an element of randomness into a legal process. This book explores the potential for the use of lotteries in social, and particularly legal, decision-making contexts. Utilising a variety of disciplines and materials, the book considers in detail the history, advantages, and drawbacks of deciding issues of social significance by lot and argues that the value of the lottery as a legal decision-making device has generally been underestimated. The very fact that there exists widespread resistance to the use ... More

Keywords: chance, law, randomness, legal process, lotteries, advantages, drawbacks, impartial decision-making, reason, adjudication

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780198268253
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198268253.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Neil Duxbury, author
Manchester University