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At a time when some argue that the Rule of Law seems to be deteriorating and with a Presidential election heating up, the question of judicial review has perhaps never been more vital. Yet debate over the best methods of conducting judicial review typically present the law's meaning as either rigid or elastic, inherently given, or subjectively projected.

By examining proper modes of judicial review within the framework of a proper legal system as a whole—and more specifically, by identifying law’s function and authority—philosopher Tara Smith’s new book, Judicial Review in an Objective Legal System, seeks to break past this false alternative and chart a distinctive course for genuinely objective review that upholds the Rule of Law.


  • Prof. Tara A Smith, University of Texas
  • Prof. Gary S. Lawson, Philip S. Beck Professor of Law, Boston University School of Law