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European Judicial Systems as a Challenge for Democracy

Book | 1st edition 2015 | Europe | Elzbieta Kuzelewska, Dariusz Kloza, Izabela Krasnicka, Franciszek Strzyczkowski

The role of the European judiciary in the process of European integration cannot be overestimated. The achievements of European integration after the second world war are usually analyzed from the perspective of political decisions that were made, initially, by the Founding Fathers and, subsequently, by the political leaders of the European countries. However, in the public debate we very often forget how much we owe to the two supreme jurisdictions of Europe, that is the Court of Justice of the European Union and the European Court of Human Rights. The continuing extension of the competences of the European Union, especially in the field of economic and monetary policy, calls for a new assessment of the nature of the decision-making process at the European level.’
From the foreword by Prof. Maciej Szpunar, Advocate General at the Court of Justice of the European Union

‘The European judiciary – i.e. the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) and national courts interpreting and applying European law sensu largo – have shaped [the process of European integration] actively, alongside the Founding Fathers, European nations, European states and their citizens. The involvement of the judiciary raises its own wide range of questions concerning the very nature of democracy. Much ink has already been spilled over issues such as democratic legitimacy, subsidiarity and accountability, the rule of law or judicial activism.
[…] seventeen scholars from across Europe [...] share their views on the European judiciary as a challenge for democracy. The various contributions to the present volume are split into two parts. The first provides ten chapters on the judicial systems of the European Union (EU), discussing, inter alia, recognition of democratic principles in the case law of the CJEU, contribution thereof to the democratisation of the Union and reception of EU law in the Member States. The second part discusses the judicial means to protect human rights in Europe, consisting of three chapters devoted to the promise of advisory opinions of the ECtHR as well as to democratic standards for voting and for fair trial.’
From the preface by the Editors

[…] the editors, authors and the publisher of this volume decided to take a closer look at the relation between democracy and activities of something that might be called “European judicial systems”. And what is intriguing – these systems are perceived here as a challenge for democracy.[…] This book does not exhaust all problems and issues for European judicial systems confronted with the very notion of democracy; there are simply too many of them. But it comes with a fresh look on – perhaps – the most pertinent ones, like the issue of the legal creativity of judges in both Luxembourg and Strasbourg. It was worth waiting for this volume.’
Prof. Dr. Paul De Hert, Free University Brussels and Tilburg University

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EAN / ISSN 9781780683164 / 9781780685236
Series name European Integration and Democracy Series
Weight 450 g
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Number of pages xvi + 244 p.
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Publication Date Jun 18, 2015
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  • Table of Contents
  • 1. Democracy in Constitutional Politics of European Courts: An Overview of Selected Issues
    Bogusia Puchalska
  • 2. The Institutional Balance as CJEU’s Contribution to Democracy in the Union: Selected Issues
    Tomasz Dubowski
  • 3. From Judicial Dialogue Towards Constitutional Spill-Over? The Economic Analysis of Preliminary Reference Procedure and the Application of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights
    Mariusz Golecki
  • 4. Towards the Democratization of the EU? Strengthening prerogatives of the European Parliament in the case law of the Court of Justice of the European Union
    Agnieszka Piekutowska
  • 5. Democratic Values in the Court of Justice Adjudication on the Private Enforcement of the European Union Competition Law
    Franciszek Strzyczkowski
  • 6. Judicial Control of Monetary and Fiscal Decisions in the European Union
    Filip Krepelka
  • 7. How CJEU’s “Privacy Spring” Construed the Human Rights Shield in the Digital Age
    Gabriela Zanfir
  • 8. The Supremacy of the EU Law as Interpreted by the Polish Constitutional Tribunal
    Elzbieta Kuzelewska, Dariusz Kuzelewski
  • 9. Reception of EU Law in Polish Courts – A Case of “Teddy Bear” Law
    Izabela Krasnicka
  • 10. Enforcing Europe’s Foundational Values in Central and Eastern Europe: A Case in Point
    Tine Carmeliet, Georgia-Christina Kosmidou
  • 11. Protocol 16 to the ECHR: A Convenient Tool for Judicial Dialogue and Better Domestic Implementation of the Convention?
    Wladyslaw Jozwicki
  • 12. The EU’s Parliamentary Representation in the Light of the Strasbourg Court’s Sejdic and Zornic Standards: Is there Tendency for a New Parliamentary Order in the EU?
    Fisnik Korenica, Dren Doli
  • 13. The European Concept of a Fair Trial and the Legal Admissibility of Assessors in the Polish Judicial System
    Karol Pachnik, Jakub Krajewski