Active Liberty: Interpreting a Democratic Constitution (Clarendon Law Lectures)

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This is an extended, international edition of Justice Breyer's theory of constitutional interpretation, and the role of courts in a modern democracy. For the revised, international edition Breyer includes an examination of topical debates in Europe, including the legitimacy of the EU and religious freedom under the ECHR.

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Stephen Breyer is a Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

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"A brisk, lucid and energetic book, written with conviction and offering a central argument that is at once provocative and appealing. . . . Deserves a place of honor in national debates, now and in the future, about the role of the Supreme Court in American life." -"The New Republic"
"An important contribution. "Active Liberty" serves to clarify the stakes in contemporary disputes over the courts, rightly emphasizing areas of common ground alongside those of controversy."-"The Washington Post Book World"
"Provocative and well-argued.. . . . What we need more of, "Active Liberty" insists, is not activist judges but activist citizens." -"The New York Times"
""Active Liberty" will likely influence not only public debate but also how lawyers craft their cases." -"The Wall Street Journal"

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" A brisk, lucid and energetic book, written with conviction and offering a central argument that is at once provocative and appealing. . . . Deserves a place of honor in national debates, now and in the future, about the role of the Supreme Court in American life." - "The New Republic"
" An important contribution. "Active Liberty" serves to clarify the stakes in contemporary disputes over the courts, rightly emphasizing areas of common ground alongside those of controversy." - "The Washington Post Book World"
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" "Active Liberty" will likely influence not only public debate but also how lawyers craft their cases." - "The Wall Street Journal"

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