Fundamental Unenumerated Rights Under the Ninth Amendment and the Privileges or Immunities Clause
The failure to link the Ninth Amendment and Privileges or Immunities Clause for the purpose of creating unenumerated fundamental rights has been a persistent but rarely discussed aspect of the Court’s jurisprudence. That should change. There need not be an ongoing tension between the Court’s counter-majoritarian role and the authority of states to govern through the democratic process. If the Constitution’s text gives the Court a solid foundation upon which to recognize new rights and thereby create a more just society, then the exercise of that power is fundamentally democratic. The Ninth Amendment and Privileges or Immunities Clause provides that path and, ironically, results in a process of decision-making that is fairer than the Court’s current due process jurisprudence.
"Fundamental Unenumerated Rights Under the Ninth Amendment and the Privileges or Immunities Clause,"
Akron Law Review: Vol. 49:
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