A More Democratic US Supreme Court? Not So Fast

Roni Mann discusses the recent recommendations of the Presidential Commission for the reform of the US Supreme Court

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A More Democratic US Supreme Court? Not So Fast

Roni Mann discusses the recent recommendations of the Presidential Commission for the reform of the US Supreme Court

In her new intervention in the debates on reforming the US Supreme Court for German online law journal verfassungsblog.de, Roni Mann discusses the recent recommendations of the Presidential Commission for the reform of the US Supreme Court and the three most widely discussed options to reform the US Supreme Court: increasing its number of judges (“court packing”), imposing judicial term limits, and introducing legislative overrides of Court decisions. All of these would alter the constitutional balance between legislative, executive, and judiciary, and even those who agree reform is merited differ on which measures should be implemented.  Prof. Mann argues that these differences reflect three competing conceptions of law and democracy.