Part of the Ius Gentium: Comparative Perspectives on Law and Justice book series (IUSGENT, volume 33)


The contributions to this volume address, from a variety of perspectives, the topic of the United States Supreme Court’s faithfulness, or lack thereof, to its own prior decisions. That topic is perennially a “hot” one in American law and legal academia, and periodically in American politics as well. It is inevitable that whenever a new prospective Justice is nominated to serve on the Court, he or she will be grilled extensively by senators about his or her views on stare decisis. This Introduction summarizes the volume's nine contributed essays and relates them to each other and to ongoing normative and descriptive debates about the use of precedent on the Court.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of LawUniversity of BaltimoreBaltimoreUSA

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