Parution : 05/2024
Editeur : Peter Lang
ISBN : 978-1-4331-9812-0
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Judicial Activism in Comparative Perspective

Sous la direction de Lori Hausegger, Raul Urribarri

Présentation de l’éditeur

What is understood by judicial activism in different jurisdictions? Beyond a superficial agreement, are we talking about the same phenomenon across countries and systems (or over time), and to what extent? This book seeks to articulate a comparative perspective on judicial activism, bringing together a selection of theoretical and empirical studies across different socio-political and institutional contexts. The chapters not only demonstrate the complexity of the concept, but also illustrate the different meanings of judicial activism across different types of political regimes, legal systems, and judicial institutions. The book looks at three examples from western democracies with common law systems (the U.S., the U.K., and Canada), and then at six examples from civil law systems in Latin American countries with very different experiences with judicial activism, democracy, and liberal constitutionalism: Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Paraguay, and Venezuela. These case studies are analyzed with reference to a common conceptual framework, assisted by a beginning theoretical essay and two concluding cross-national studies highlighting different theoretical and methodological approaches. This book contributes to current debates on a major topic in comparative law and courts research that, despite its importance in and outside the scholarly world, remains subject to significant debate. The book should be useful for students, teachers, and researchers across a variety of disciplines – including Constitutional Law, Comparative Law, Comparative Politics, Judicial Politics, and Sociolegal Studies.

Lori Hausegger is Professor of Political Science at Boise State University. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Ohio State University, and a MA and BA from the University of Calgary. Her research focuses on judicial selection, judicial decision making and comparative courts with an emphasis on Canada.

Raul Sanchez-Urribarri is a Senior Lecturer in Legal Studies at La Trobe University. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science (University of South Carolina), an LL.M. (Cambridge University), and a Law Degree (UCAB, Caracas). His research focuses on comparative law and courts in Latin America.



Chapter 1. Studying Judicial Activism in Comparative Perspective
Chapter 2. Judicial Activism in Comparative Law and Politics
Chapter 3. The Complementary Use of Judicial Activism and Restraint in the United States Supreme Court
Chapter 4. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, He Might Want a Glass of Milk: Judicial Activism in the United Kingdom
Chapter 5. Judicial Activism in Canada: Overturning Precedent at the Lower Court Level
Chapter 6. Judicial Activism as the (Im)proper Use of Judicial Powers: A Look at the Colombian Constitutional Court
Chapter 7. Accountability Function and Rights Realization: An Examination of Costa Rica’s Assertive Apex Court
Chapter 8. Judicial Activism as a Threat to the Rule of Law
Chapter 9. Authoritarian Judicial Activism: A Look at the Venezuelan Case under Chavismo
Chapter 10. Judicial Activism in Paraguay: A Reactive Form of Compensatory Justice
Chapter 11. Judicial Activism in Human Rights: IACtHR, Conventionality Control, and the Mexican Supreme Court
Chapter 12. Measuring Judicial Legitimacy as an Explanatory Factor of Judicial Activism
Chapter 13. An Institutional Approach to Judicial Activism
Chapter 14. Concluding Remarks: Towards a Comparative Theory of Judicial Activism

Global Perspectives on Judicial Politics , Vol. 01 , 320 pages.  83,56 €