Precedent in the United States Supreme Court

Volume 33 of the series Ius Gentium: Comparative Perspectives on Law and Justice pp 1-17



  • Christopher J. PetersAffiliated withSchool of Law, University of Baltimore Email author 

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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.