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Book Review

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Source Publication

18:1 Journal of Appellate Practice and Process 89-103


Legal persuasion; judicial opinion; rule of law; law; book review


This is a book about persuasion. In Making the Case: The Art of the Judicial Opinion, Paul Kahn draws the judicial opinion into the centre of our field of vision and invites us to join him in inquiring into the role that it plays shaping our legal and political communities, and in seeking to understand how it does its work. Ultimately, he shows that persuasion is at the heart of the judicial opinion and, with that, at the heart of the rule of law.