Limits of Legality: The Ethics of Lawless Judging

3.5 avg rating
( 2 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780195342291: Limits of Legality: The Ethics of Lawless Judging

Judges sometimes hear cases in which the law, as they honestly understand it, requires results that they consider morally objectionable. Most people assume that, nevertheless, judges have an ethical obligation to apply the law correctly, at least in reasonably just legal systems. This is the view of most lawyers, legal scholars, and private citizens, but the arguments for it have received surprisingly little attention from philosophers.

Combining ethical theory with discussions of caselaw, Jeffrey Brand-Ballard challenges arguments for the traditional view, including arguments from the fact that judges swear oaths to uphold the law, and arguments from our duty to obey the law, among others. He then develops an alternative argument based on ways in which the rule of law promotes the good. Patterns of excessive judicial lawlessness, even when morally motivated, can damage the rule of law. Brand-Ballard explores the conditions under which individual judges are morally responsible for participating in destructive patterns of lawless judging. These arguments build upon recent theories of collective intentionality and presuppose an agent-neutral framework, rather than the agent-relative framework favored by many moral philosophers. Defying the conventional wisdom, Brand-Ballard argues that judges are not always morally obligated to apply the law correctly. Although they have an obligation not to participate in patterns of excessive judicial lawlessness, an individual departure from the law so as to avoid an unjust result is rarely a moral mistake if the rule of law is otherwise healthy.
Limits of Legality will interest philosophers, legal scholars, lawyers, and anyone concerned with the ethics of judging.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:


Jeffrey Brand-Ballard is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy at George Washington University.

Review:


"Brand-Ballard's investigation of that question is impressive. His coverage of the relevant issues, and of the legal and philosophical literature bearing on them, seemed to me to be comprehensive and thorough. At many points, when his argument arrives at a fork requiring a choice between alternative resolutions of some philosophical conundrum, he chooses the path that poses the most difficulty for his thesis, to show that it can surmount even the toughest hurdles. Brand-Ballard has made an original, provocative and illuminating contribution to a more hard-headed understanding of the judicial function." --Jeffrey Goldsworthy, Tulsa Law Review


"Jeffrey Brand-Ballard's book deals with the fascinating and understudied phenomenon of judicial nullification . . . [using] impressive argumentative firepower . . . in support of the claim that it is morally permissible for judges, on a proper conception of their role, to decide on the basis of their personal moral objections rather than the law." --Ethics


"This book is a serious analysis of the problem." --Charles Rice, Notre Dame Law School


"Limits of Legality is one of the most though-provoking books in legal theory that has come out in the last few years. It has all all the virtues that a work of analytical jurisprudence should haves: its is meticulous, draws subtle but important distinctions, anticipates and responds to objections carefully, does not overstate points for rhetorical effect, an d never papers over empirical uncertainty." --Res Publica


"I consider Limits of Legality an excellent, challenging, and thought-provoking book. In fact, I regard is as mandatory reading for anyone interested in the judicial role, the distinction and relationship between morality and the law, and the nature of the rule of law itself." --The Law and Politics Book Review


"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Jeffrey Brand-Ballard
Published by Oxford University Press, USA 2010-05-26 (2010)
ISBN 10: 0195342291 ISBN 13: 9780195342291
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Lost Books
(AUSTIN, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press, USA 2010-05-26, 2010. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0195342291. Bookseller Inventory # 632153

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 70.58
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Brand-Ballard, Jeffrey
Published by Oxford University Press (2010)
ISBN 10: 0195342291 ISBN 13: 9780195342291
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press, 2010. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110195342291

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 89.77
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 1.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Brand-ballard, Jeffrey
Published by Oxford Univ Pr (2010)
ISBN 10: 0195342291 ISBN 13: 9780195342291
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Revaluation Books
(Exeter, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford Univ Pr, 2010. Hardcover. Book Condition: Brand New. 1st edition. 368 pages. 9.50x6.25x1.00 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk0195342291

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 106.68
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 7.92
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Jeffrey Brand-Ballard
Published by Oxford University Press, USA (2010)
ISBN 10: 0195342291 ISBN 13: 9780195342291
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press, USA, 2010. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0195342291

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 111.70
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds