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"Very long and sometimes a little dry, [Law and Judicial Duty] is nevertheless a pleasure to read, and that is in part because of the enormous labor that its author poured into it. Clearly it was a labor of love. I mean that almost literally. For it is apparent that Hamburger has fallen in love with the judicial culture that he found in the Anglo-American past, and that he hates the modern judicial culture that is discontinuous with it." Richard A. Posner, The New Republic (read the entire New Republic review)

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Philip Hamburger's Law and Judicial Duty traces the early history of what is today called "judicial review." Working from previously unexplored evidence, Hamburger questions the very concept of judicial review. Although decisions holding statutes unconstitutional are these days considered instances of a distinct judicial power of review, Hamburger shows that they were once understood merely as instances of a broader judicial duty. The book's focus on judicial duty overturns the familiar debate about judicial power. The book is therefore essential reading for anyone concerned about the proper role of the judiciary. Hamburger lays the foundation for his argument by explaining the common law ideals of law and judicial duty. He shows that the law of the land was understood to rest on the authority of the lawmaker and that what could not be discerned within the law of the land was not considered legally binding. He then shows that judges had a duty to decide in accord with the law of the land. These two ideals--law and judicial duty--together established and limited what judges could do. By reviving an understanding of these common law ideals, Law and Judicial Duty calls into question the modern assumption that judicial review is a power within the judges' control. Indeed, the book shows that what is currently considered a distinct power of review was once understood as a matter of duty--the duty of judges to decide in accord with the law of the land. The book thereby challenges the very notion of judicial review. It shows that judges had authority to hold government acts unconstitutional, but that they enjoyed this power only to the extent it was required by their duty. In laying out the common law ideals, and in explaining judicial review as an aspect of judicial duty, Law and Judicial Duty reveals a very different paradigm of law and of judging than prevails today. The book, moreover, sheds new light on a host of misunderstood problems, including intent, manifest contradiction, the status of foreign and international law, the cases and controversies requirement, and the authority of judicial precedent.

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Philip Hamburger's Law and Judicial Duty traces the early history of what is today called "judicial review." The book sheds new light on a host of misunderstood problems, including intent, the status of foreign and international law, the cases and controversies requirement, and the authority of judicial precedent. The book is essential reading for anyone concerned about the proper role of the judiciary.

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2009 Henry Paolucci/Walter Bagehot Book Award, Intercollegiate Studies Institute

About the Author

Philip Hamburger is Maurice and Hilda Friedman Professor of Law at the Columbia Law School.

Maurice and Hilda Friedman Professor of Law, Columbia Law School

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • I. Law
    • 1. The Hierarchy of Law
    • 2. The Shift Toward Authority
    • 3. Constitutions
  • II. Judicial Duty
    • 4. Judicial Duty
    • 5. Independent Judgment
    • 6. Judicial Decisions
    • 7. Authority to Expound
  • III. Judicial Duty as to Legislative Acts
    • 8. No Appeal from Parliament
    • 9. Colonial Departures
  • IV. Law and Judicial Duty in America
    • 10. Law and Judicial Duty
    • 11. Reason and Justice within the Law
    • 12. The Range of Constitutional Decisions and the Character of Judicial Duty
  • V. Judicial Duty in America as to Legislative Acts
    • 13. Holding Legislative Acts Unconstitutional
    • 14. A Lopsided Debate
    • 15. Not Holding Legislative Acts Unconstitutional
  • VI. Independence and Authority in America
    • 16. Independence
    • 17. Authority
  • VII. Inexplicit
    • 18. The Inexplicitness of Constitutions
    • 19. Federal Clarifications
  • Conclusion
  • Appendix I. Bonham’s Case
  • Appendix II. The Institutio Legalis: Law and Justice in New Jersey
  • Appendix III. Common Law Adjacent to Statutes: Religious Taxes in Massachusetts
  • Chronological Table of State Decisions
  • Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674031319
Author:
Hamburger, Philip
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
History
Subject:
Judicial review
Subject:
Civil Procedure
Subject:
Jurisprudence
Subject:
Legal History
Subject:
Constitutional law -- United States.
Subject:
Judicial review -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Law-Civil Liberties and Human Rights
Subject:
Law-Legal History
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
November 2008
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 table
Pages:
704
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Product details 704 pages Harvard University Press - English 9780674031319 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "Very long and sometimes a little dry, [Law and Judicial Duty] is nevertheless a pleasure to read, and that is in part because of the enormous labor that its author poured into it. Clearly it was a labor of love. I mean that almost literally. For it is apparent that Hamburger has fallen in love with the judicial culture that he found in the Anglo-American past, and that he hates the modern judicial culture that is discontinuous with it." (read the entire New Republic review)
"Synopsis" by , Philip Hamburger's Law and Judicial Duty traces the early history of what is today called "judicial review." The book sheds new light on a host of misunderstood problems, including intent, the status of foreign and international law, the cases and controversies requirement, and the authority of judicial precedent. The book is essential reading for anyone concerned about the proper role of the judiciary.
"Synopsis" by , 2009 Henry Paolucci/Walter Bagehot Book Award, Intercollegiate Studies Institute
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