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ג'ון הארט גרוניס?: פסיקתו של הנשיא גרוניס לאור התיאוריה החוקתית של אילי (John Hart Grunis?: The Jurisprudence of Chief Justice Grunis in Light of Ely's Constitutional Theory)
Haifa Law Review (2015)
  • Ittai Bar-Siman-Tov
Abstract
This Article analyzes the jurisprudence of CJ Grunis, the President of the Supreme Court of Israel, in light of John Hart Ely's constitutional theory. In an earlier case, during CJ Barak's Presidency, Justice Grunis publicly endorsed Ely's constitutional theory—which has put him at odds with the previous two Presidents of the Court, CJs Barak and Beinisch. Against this backdrop, this Article examines whether (or to what extent) Ely's theory can explain Justice Grunis's decisions as President of the Court. The Article argues that Ely's theory provides a more promising focal-point for evaluating President Grunis's public-law decisions than simplistic characterization such as activism, restraint, conservatism or formalism.The Article also argues that analyzing the jurisprudence of President Grunis in light of Ely's theory can contribute not only to understanding the President's decisions, but also to evaluating Ely's theory itself. In particular, the Article employs this analysis to shed light on two main debates about Ely's theory. First, on the question of the extent to which Ely's theory could cabin judicial discretion and provide guidance as to the type of cases in which judicial intervention will be justified; and second, on the question of the extent to which Ely's theory leads to different results in practice than competing constitutional theories, such as the approach of former President Barak. The Article also employs this analysis to contribute to the broader debate about the practical value of constitutional theory.

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Keywords
  • constitutional theory,
  • judicial review,
  • John Hart Ely,
  • Supreme Court of Israel
Publication Date
Winter December, 2015
Citation Information
Ittai Bar-Siman-Tov. "ג'ון הארט גרוניס?: פסיקתו של הנשיא גרוניס לאור התיאוריה החוקתית של אילי (John Hart Grunis?: The Jurisprudence of Chief Justice Grunis in Light of Ely's Constitutional Theory)" Haifa Law Review Vol. 9 (2015) p. 67
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/ittai_bar-siman-tov/9/