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Process-based Fundamental Rights Review

Practice, Concept, and Theory

Book | 1st edition 2019 | United Kingdom | Leonie Huijbers

Courts regularly rely on process-based fundamental rights review. This means that they examine the diligence, fairness, and quality of legislative, administrative, and judicial procedures to determine whether fundamental rights have been violated. However, despite the frequent application of such review in practice, important questions about the meaning and value of procedural reasoning arise. Do courts provide sufficient protection of substantive rights when taking a procedural approach? Can they safeguard values of deliberative democracy and the rule of law through procedural reasoning? And can they rely on process-based review to avoid morally sensitive issues and cases concerning hard policy choices?
This book engages with such questions with the aim of uncovering the potential and limitations of procedural reasoning in fundamental rights cases. To this end, it first discusses a number of concrete examples of application of this review by various courts. It then develops a context-independent definition of process-based fundamental rights review, which acknowledges the various uses of this type of review. On this basis, the book finally discusses the wide-ranging theoretical debates concerning procedural reasoning and identifies underlying explanations for the different views on the topic.
The resulting in-depth and nuanced understanding of process-based fundamental rights review will support courts in developing well-balanced procedural approaches, and will assist scholars in studying procedural reasoning more systematically.

'Leonie M. Huijbers has produced a sound and thorough analysis of process-based fundamental rights review, [...]' -- Susana de la Sierra, EU Law Live, 2020

'Huijbers' monograph is more than a thorough and well-analysed study. It is an essential and future-oriented tool for courts to consider the merits and appropriateness of process-based review for fundamental rights adjudication, to become aware of the different manifestations of this type of review, and to be aware of the dangers.' -- Catherine Van de Heyning, European Convention on Human Rights Law Review, 2021

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Type of product Book
Format Paperback
EAN / ISSN 9781780688879 / 9781780689289
Series name Human Rights Research Series
Weight 800 g
Status Available
Number of pages xx + 466 p.
Access to exercice No
Publisher Intersentia
Language English
Publication Date Nov 8, 2019
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  • Table of Contents and Preliminary Pages
  • Chapter 1. Introduction
  • PART I. The Practice of Process-Based Fundamental Rights Review
  • Introduction to Part I
  • Chapter 2. Process-based Fundamental Rights Review of Legislative Procedures
  • Chapter 3. Process-based Fundamental Rights Review of Administrative Procedures
  • Chapter 4. Process-based Fundamental Rights Review of Judicial Procedures
  • PART II. The Concept of Process-Based Fundamental Rights Review
  • Introduction to Part II
  • Chapter 5. Conceptualising Process-based Fundamental Rights Review
  • Chapter 6. Operationalising of Process-based Fundamental Rights Review
  • PART III. The Theory on Process-Based Fundamental Rights Review
  • Introduction to Part III
  • Chapter 7. Debates Concerning Process-based Review and the Rule of Law, Deliberative Democracy, and Institutional Judicial Restraint
  • Chapter 8. Debates Concerning Process-based Review and Procedural Mandates, Judicial Standard-setting, and Fundamental Rights Protection
  • Chapter 9. Debates Concerning Process-based Review and Neutrality, Hard Cases,Judicial Expertise, and Epistemic Uncertainties
  • Chapter 10. Conclusion