Selecting Europe's Judges: A Critical Review of the Appointment Procedures to the European Courts

ISBN : 9780198727781

Michal Bobek
336 Pages
162 x 240 mm
Pub date
Apr 2015
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The past decade has witnessed change in the ways judges for the Court of Justice of the European Union and the European Court of Human Rights are selected. The leitmotif has been securing greater professional quality of the judicial candidates, and, for this purpose, both European systems have put in place various advisory panels or selection committees that are called to evaluate the aptitude of the candidates put forward by the national governments. Are these institutional reforms successful in guaranteeing greater quality of the judicial candidates? Do they increase the legitimacy of the European courts? Has the creation of these advisory panels in any way altered the institutional balance, either horizontally within the international organisations, or vertically, between the respective organisation and its Member States? Above all, has the spree of 'judicial comitology' as currently practised a good way for selecting Europe's judges? These and a number of other questions are addressed in this topical volume in a comparative and interdisciplinary prospective. The book is structured into two elements: first, how the operation of the new selection mechanisms is captured and analyzed from different vantage points, and secondly, having mapped the ground, the book critically and comparatively engages with selected common themes, examining the new mechanisms with respect to values and principles such as democracy, judicial independence, transparency, representativeness, and legitimacy.


Prologue: The Changing Nature of Selection Procedures to the European Courts
1. Not Quite the Bed that Procrustes Built: Dissecting the System for Selecting Judges at the Court of Justice of the European Union
2. Judicial Performance, Membership, and Design at the Court of Justice
3. Selecting European Union's Judges: The Practice of the Article 255 Panel
4. The Real Test - How to Contribute to a Better Justice: The Experience of the Civil Service Tribunal
5. (S)electing Judges for Strasbourg: A (Dis)appointing Process?
6. Selecting Strasbourg Judges: A Critique
7. On the Democratic Legitimacy of Europe's Judges: A Principled and Comparative Reconstruction of the Selection Procedures
8. Can Judicial Selection Secure Judicial Independence? Constraining State Governments in Selecting International Judges
9. How Transparent is Transparent Enough? Balancing Access to Information versus Privacy in European Judicial Selections
10. Spillovers in Selecting Europe's Judges: Will the Criterion of Gender Equality Make it to Luxembourg?
11. Selection, Appointment, and Legitimacy: A Political Perspective
12. The Legitimization Strategies of European Courts: The Case of the European Court of Human Rights
Epilogue: Finding the European Hercules

About the author: 

Michal Bobek is Professor of European Law, College of Europe, Bruges, and research fellow, Institute of European and Comparative Law, University of Oxford Faculty of Law. He previously worked as legal secretary to the President of the Supreme Administrative Court, where he also headed the Research and Documentation Department of the Court.

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