Office of Academic Resources
Chulalongkorn University
Chulalongkorn University

Home / Help

AuthorShytov, Alexander Nikolaevich. author
TitleConscience and Love in Making Judicial Decisions [electronic resource] / by Alexander Nikolaevich Shytov
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands : Imprint: Springer, 2001
Connect to
Descript XVI, 246 p. online resource


THE CONSCIENCE OF JUDGES AND APPLICA nON OF LEGAL RULES The book is devoted to the problem of the influence of moral judgements on the result of judicial decision-making in the process of application of the established (positive) law. It is the conscience of judges that takes the central place in the research. Conscience is understood in the meaning developed in the theory of Thomas Aquinas as the complex capacity of the human being to make moral judgements which represent acts of reason on the question of what is right or wrong in a particular situation. The reason why we need a theory of conscience in making judicial decisions lies in the nature of the positive law itself. On the one hand, there is an intrinsic conflict between the law as the body of rigid rules and the law as an living experience of those who are involved in social relationships. This conflict particularly finds its expression in the collision of strict justice and equity. The idea of equity does not reject the importance of rules in legal life. What is rejected is an idolatrous attitude to the rules when the uniqueness of a human being, his wellยญ being and happiness are disregarded and sacrificed in order to fulfil the observance of the rules. The rules themselves are neither good or bad. What makes them good or bad is their application


I: Conscience and Legal Reasoning -- 1. Legal reasoning in the theory of Petrazycki -- 2. Thomas Aquinas on conscience -- 3. Aquinasโ{128}{153}s theory of conscience and legal reasoning -- 4. Theories of legal reasoning and types of judicial conscience -- II: Agapic Casuistry in Judicial Decision Making -- 5. The method of casuistry -- 6. Love as the source of agapic casuistry -- 7. Impartial sympathy as an implication of agapic casuistry -- 8. Watchfulness as an implication of agapic casuistry -- III: Agapic Casuistry in Action -- 9. Natural justice and conscience of the judges in case Ridge v. Baldwin -- 10. Sympathy judgements and the declaratory power of the High Court of Justiciary -- 11. Sympathy judgements of conscience in the Russian Constitutional Court -- 12. Symapthy judgements of conscience in the European Court of Human Rights -- Conclusions

Philosophy Ethics Political science Law -- Philosophy Law Private international law Conflict of laws International law Comparative law Public international law Philosophy Philosophy of Law Ethics Theories of Law Philosophy of Law Legal History Private International Law International & Foreign Law Comparative Law Public International Law


Office of Academic Resources, Chulalongkorn University, Phayathai Rd. Pathumwan Bangkok 10330 Thailand

Contact Us

Tel. 0-2218-2929,
0-2218-2927 (Library Service)
0-2218-2903 (Administrative Division)
Fax. 0-2215-3617, 0-2218-2907

Social Network


facebook   instragram