Coercing Virtue: The Worldwide Rule of Judges by Robert H. Bork

By Robert H. Bork

Publish 12 months note: First released March twelfth 2002

Judge Robert H. Bork will carry the Barbara Frum ancient Lecture on the collage of Toronto in March 2002. This annual lecture "on a topic of up to date background in ancient perspective" was once verified in reminiscence of Barbara Frum and may be broadcast at the CBC Radio application Ideas.

In Coercing Virtue, former US solicitor common Robert H. Bork examines judicial activism and the perform of many courts as they give thought to and choose concerns that aren't dedicated to their authority. In his opinion, this tradition infringes at the valid domain names of the administrative and legislative branches of presidency and constitutes a judicialization of politics and morals. may still courts be used as a car of social switch whether the bulk view weighs opposed to the court's ruling? And if we enable courts to make legislation, specifically in a rustic like Canada the place our ideal courtroom judges aren't even elected, then what does this suggest for democratic government?

"The countries of the West have lengthy been petrified of catching the "American disease" -- the seizure by means of judges of authority adequately belonging to the folk and their elected representatives. these countries are studying, probably too past due, that this imperialism isn't really an American disorder; it's a judicial disorder, one who is aware no boundaries." -- Robert H. Bork, from Coercing Virtue

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