Policy-Based Reasoning in Private Law

Grant number: DP0987668 | Funding period: 2009 - 2013



The Australian community devotes a great deal of attention to improving the regulation of commercial and consumer relations through participative, public processes such as law reform commissions and parliamentary inquiries. The important role of judicial law-making in regulating economic and social relations is often overlooked. This project will examine the way in which the pursuit of policy goals influences judicial law-making in the private law sphere. The project will make an important contribution to the international debate about the legitimacy of policy considerations in judicial-making in private law, and the extent of the legitimate law-making role of the courts in a democratic syst..

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