Great Australian Dissents, Paperback / softback Book

Great Australian Dissents Paperback / softback

Edited by Andrew (University of New South Wales, Sydney) Lynch



When judges disagree, those in the minority write a dissenting opinion.

This book considers the great dissents in Australian law.

Their worth may derive from numerous factors, including their rhetorical force as a piece of legal reasoning or emotive power as a judicial lament for the 'error' into which the majority has fallen; the general importance of the issue at stake; as a challenge to the orthodoxy; and, sometimes, the subsequent recognition of a dissenting opinion's correctness and its ultimate vindication.

On some occasions, all these features may be strongly present, on others only some.

Through a diverse selection of memorable dissenting opinions, this book illuminates the topic of judicial disagreement more generally - not only through examples of instances when minority opinions have been distinctly valuable, but by drawing out a richer understanding of the attributes and circumstances which lead some dissents to become iconic, while so many lie forgotten.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 392 pages, 1 Line drawings, black and white
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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  • Category: Constitutional & administrative law
  • ISBN: 9781316611159



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