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The Democratic Legitimacy of Europe's Judges - The Selection of ECtHR and CJEU Judges

Head of Section:

Armin von Bogdandy

This research project deals with the selection procedures for judges to the European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the EU. Both courts effectively exercise public authority in the European legal area. This demands a democratic perspective on the selection of their judges. Accordingly, this project reconstructs the selection procedures in light of the democratic principles in the law of the EU and the Council of Europe. The project comparatively analyses the procedures for concretizing criteria for judicial selection and for applying these criteria in individual selection procedures. It carves out potentials for reform to improve the democratic legitimacy of Europe’s judges.

Staff member(s):

Christoph Krenn

Publications

  • Von Bogdandy, Armin, Christoph Krenn: Zur Parlamentarisierung der Richterauswahl. Warum der Europarat der EU den Weg weist. In: Modelle des Parlamentarismus im 21. Jahrhundert. Neue Ordnungen von Recht und Politik, Claudio Franzius, Franz C. Mayer, Jürgen Neyer (eds.) Recht und Politik in der Europäischen Union. Nomos, Baden-Baden 2015, 409-429.
  • von Bogdandy, Armin, Christoph Krenn: On the Democratic Legitimacy of Europe's Judges. A Principled and Comparative Reconstruction of the Selection Procedures. In: Selecting Europe's Judges. A Critical Review of the Appointment Procedures to the European Courts, Michal Bobek (eds.) OUP, Oxford 2015, 162-180. http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780198727781.do