Deference and diffèrance: judicial review and the perfect gift

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dc.contributor.author De Ville, J
dc.date.accessioned 2009-03-18T14:20:02Z
dc.date.available 2009-03-18T14:20:02Z
dc.date.issued 2006
dc.identifier.citation De Ville, J. 2006. Deference and diffèrance: judicial review and the perfect gift. Potchefstroom electronic law journal (PELJ) = Potchefstroomse elektroniese regsblad (PER), 9(2):41-89 [http://www.nwu.ac.za/p-per/index.html]
dc.identifier.issn 1727-3781
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10394/1735
dc.description.abstract The highest courts in both Canada and South Africa have expressed themselves in favour of an approach of deference as respect in the review of administrative action. The notion of deference as respect derives from the thinking of David Dyzenhaus, who has developed a theory of democracy in support of this approach to judicial review. Dyzenhaus’ model of review attempts to steer clear from the problems he associates particularly with positivism and liberalism. Dyzenhaus’ model of review furthermore attempts to allow space for the administration to play a significant role in giving effect to democratic values, on the understanding that all such decisions need to be reasonably justifiable. In this article the views of Dyzenhaus are contrasted with those of Jacques Derrida, especially insofar as the latter has reflected on the relation between law and justice, as well as concepts such as the gift and democracy. The argument developed in this article is that Dyzenhaus’ model of review, despite its many positive features, needs to be rethought with reference to the perfect gift, unconditional justice and democracy to come. Such a rethinking is required because of the limited conception of justice – as simply ‘our’ justice – in Dyzenhaus’ model. en
dc.subject Administrative law en
dc.subject Deference en
dc.subject Democracy en
dc.subject Derrida en
dc.subject Deconstruction en
dc.subject Différance en
dc.subject Dyzenhaus en
dc.subject Justice en
dc.subject Liberalism en
dc.subject Positivism en
dc.subject Responsibility en
dc.subject Review en
dc.title Deference and diffèrance: judicial review and the perfect gift en
dc.type Article en

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