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Judicial Activism in Common Law Supreme Courts

Brice Dickson


This book examines the way in which judges in the top courts of nine different common law countries go about developing the law by devising new principles to allow themselves to be innovative and justice-oriented, and to ensure that human rights are universally protected. The book surveys the decisions of these top courts over the last generation to determine how ‘judicially active’ they have been. It seeks to compare and contrast the different experiences and to identify the principles in accordance with which the various courts have decided to develop the law. How do they interpret legislati ... More

Keywords: judicial activism, Supreme Court, common law, comparative law

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199213290
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199213290.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brice Dickson, editor
Professor of International and Comparative Law, Queen's University Belfast