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The Place of Backlash in Decisions of the New Zealand Judiciary

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Show simple item record Wilson, Kate 2019-01-10T03:17:04Z 2019-01-10T03:17:04Z 2017 2017
dc.description.abstract Issues central to a group identity, or nomos, are very significant to those who hold them. When those issues clash in courts, judges can be faced with very difficult and controversial decisions. When they have the authority and discretion to address issues of nomos, New Zealand courts both can and should consider the backlash that their decisions could cause, as backlash in the New Zealand context tends to lead to meaningful change to a judge’s decision. However, a democratic constitutionalist view of backlash realizes that it is not always a negative phenomenon. Instead, backlash is evidence of subjects within a system contesting the norms and nomos that underlie their constitutional law. This conception of backlash is well suited to New Zealand’s constitutional experience, and so while judges would be prudent to consider the potential backlash against their judgments, they should not avoid full engagement with the law purely to avoid conflict. en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.subject Backlash en_NZ
dc.subject Judiciary en_NZ
dc.subject Constitutional law en_NZ
dc.subject Nomos grc
dc.title The Place of Backlash in Decisions of the New Zealand Judiciary en_NZ
dc.type Text en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit School of Law en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Research Paper or Project en_NZ LL.B. (Honours) en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 180108 Constitutional Law en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 180119 Law and Society en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 180120 Legal Institutions (incl. Courts and Justice Systems) en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 180121 Legal Practice, Lawyering and the Legal Profession en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 180126 Tort Law en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 189999 Law and Legal Studies not elsewhere classified en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcseo 970118 Expanding Knowledge in Law and Legal Studies en_NZ

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