Judges Against Justice: On Judges When the Rule of Law is Under Attack by Hans Petter GraverJudges Against Justice: On Judges When the Rule of Law is Under Attack by Hans Petter Graver

Judges Against Justice: On Judges When the Rule of Law is Under Attack

byHans Petter Graver

Hardcover | September 24, 2014

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This book explores concrete situations in which judges are faced with a legislature and an executive that consciously and systematically discard the ideals of the rule of law. It revolves around three basic questions: What happen when states become oppressive and the judiciary contributes to the oppression? How can we, from a legal point of view, evaluate the actions of judges who contribute to oppression? And, thirdly, how can we understand their participation from a moral point of view and support their inclination to resist?

Title:Judges Against Justice: On Judges When the Rule of Law is Under AttackFormat:HardcoverDimensions:301 pagesPublished:September 24, 2014Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3662442922

ISBN - 13:9783662442920

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Table of Contents

The Judicial Role and the Rule of Law.- Part One: The War of Law: State Repression and the Rule of Law.- Repression of the Judiciary.- Judicial Acceptance of Oppression.- The Opposition.- Part Two: Holding Judges Responsible for Injustice: The Argument for Criminal Liability.- The Condition of Illegality under International Law.- The condition of Illegality and Failed Usurpations.- The Condition of Illegality in Transitional Settings.- Judges in Special Courts.- Justification of Judicial Oppression.- A Special Immunity for Judges?.- Holding Judges Responsible.- Part Three: The Moral Side of Judging: The Positivism Thesis.- What Positivism?.- Alternative approaches to Legal Interpretation.- Beyond Legal Theory as Explanation.- The Lesser Evil.- Judges for Justice.

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This book explores concrete situations in which judges are faced with a legislature and an executive that consciously and systematically discard the ideals of the rule of law. It revolves around three basic questions: What happen when states become oppressive and the judiciary contributes to the oppression? How can we, from a legal point of view, evaluate the actions of judges who contribute to oppression? And, thirdly, how can we understand their participation from a moral point of view and support their inclination to resist?"Many have long puzzled over how men in robes, presumably committed by trade and professional instinct to "the rule of law," could so regularly and readily bring themselves to enforce the most evil policies of repressive rulers, from Stalin to Saddam Hussein. This penetrating study plumbs that question in greater comparative reach, historical depth, and jurisprudential sophistication than anyone before. Its answers are trenchant and sobering.a tour de force." (Mark Osiel, Aliber Family Chair, College of Law, University of Iowa, November 2014)