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Matthias Klatt
An Egalitarian Defense of Proportionality-Based Balancing: A Response to Luc B. Tremblay.
International Journal of Constitutional Law 12, no. 4 (2014): 891–899

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In his article, “An egalitarian defense of proportionality-based balancing,” Professor Tremblay offers an interesting and carefully argued normative justification of balancing as a legal method. In my response, I concur with much of what he says, but raise certain doubts about a number of points. My doubts concern the distinction between normative status and abstract weights of colliding interests, the assignment of the notion of rights as trumps or firewalls purely to the priority of rights model, and Tremblay’s claim that proportionality was allowing for formal egalitarian decisions excluding the intricacies of moral reasoning. I discuss these concerns in some detail and conclude that the core of Tremblay’s normative defense of proportionality-based balancing is true—but in quite a different way than he suggests.

Luc B. Tremblay antwortet in demselben Heft auf Matthias Klatt: Tremblay, L. B. “An egalitarian defense of proportionality-based balancing: A rejoinder to Matthias Klatt.” International Journal of Constitutional Law 12, no. 4 (2015): 900–903.