A ‘Value-Based’ Approach

Devika Hovell

in The Power of Process

Published in print January 2016 | ISBN: 9780198717676
Published online March 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780191787157 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Monographs in International Law

A ‘Value-Based’ Approach

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Chapter 4 examines the historical and theoretical foundations of due process. It draws on the keystone Anglo-American jurisprudence of natural justice, procedural fairness, and due process. Due process is not to provide access to a court, but access to ‘dialogue’. Procedural standards create a dialogue between decision-makers and the community to whom the decisions relate to enhance the legitimacy of the decision-making process.This chapter identifies three value-based models of due process: (1) the instrumentalist model: the aim of procedures is to enhance the accuracy of decision-making outcomes; (2) the dignitarian model: the inherent value of procedures is in preserving the dignity and autonomy of the individual; and (3) the public interest model: due process is a mechanism to enhance public accountability in decision-making. Each model is based on different underlying theories about law and legal system and demonstrates a connection between due process and more deep-seated conceptions of community, law, and values.

Keywords: due process theory; deliberative democracy; dialogue; legitimacy; dignitarian; public interest; pluralist; autonomy; positivism

Chapter.  11911 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law ; Constitutional and Administrative Law

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