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A Stress Test for Europe’s Judiciaries

  • Eirik HolmøyvikEmail author
  • Anne Sanders
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Part of the European Yearbook of Constitutional Law book series (EYCL, volume 1)

Abstract

The rule of law, judicial independence and separation of powers are values guaranteed in constitutions of member states of the Council of Europe. Nevertheless, in recent years, a number of challenges to these accepted values have emerged in different countries all over Europe. The legal responses from European institutions against systemic rule of law threats has yet to prove effective. In this chapter we propose a national approach to protect European rule of law standards. To facilitate this process, we suggest stress-testing Europe’s judiciaries. This should be done by means of structured thought experiments in which the likely effects of adverse developments (such as the ones to be witnessed in some European countries today) should be predicted to identify and remedy weak points in the constitutional and legal framework.

Keywords

Council of Europe judicial independence rule of law separation of powers stress test for judicial systems 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of BergenBergenNorway
  2. 2.University of BielefeldBielefeldGermany

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