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Precedent in the United States Supreme Court

  • Christopher J. Peters
  • A diversity of scholarly perspectives provides an unique overview of important Supreme Court precedent

  • Contributions by top legal scholars makes this the "go-to" reference on the topic

  • Provides a comparative framework for debates about precedent in civil-law and emerging legal systems


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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Christopher J. Peters
    Pages 1-17
  3. Colin Starger
    Pages 19-45
  4. Deborah Hellman
    Pages 63-76
  5. Neal Devins
    Pages 101-119
  6. Frederick Schauer
    Pages 121-133
  7. Christopher J. Peters
    Pages 189-226
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 227-231

About this book


This volume presents a variety of both normative and descriptive perspectives on the use of precedent by the United States Supreme Court.  It brings together a diverse group of American legal scholars, some of whom have been influenced by the Segal/Spaeth "attitudinal" model and some of whom have not. The group of contributors includes legal theorists and empiricists, constitutional lawyers and legal generalists, leading authorities and up-and-coming scholars.  The book addresses questions such as how the Court establishes durable precedent, how the Court decides to overrule precedent, the effects of precedent on case selection, the scope of constitutional precedent, the influence of concurrences and dissents, and the normative foundations of constitutional precedent.  Most of these questions have been addressed by the Court itself only obliquely, if at all. The volume will be valuable to readers both in the United States and abroad, particularly in light of ongoing debates over the role of precedent in civil-law nations and emerging legal systems.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Christopher J. Peters
    • 1
  1. 1.School of LawUniversity of BaltimoreBaltimoreUSA

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