Italy and Its Constitutional Court

  • Alfonso CelottoEmail author
Part of the European Yearbook of Constitutional Law book series (EYCL, volume 1)


This contribution analyses the constitutional and legislative rules aimed at ensuring the independence of the Italian Constitutional Court and its accountability, both as a whole and in relation to the single judges. The effectiveness and the impact of such rules are then assessed in practice, also in light of bipolar constitutionalism. The author concludes that the Italian Constitution seems to be strongly inclined towards a solid independence of the Court, with a rather low degree of accountability. It is also concluded that such rules work properly in practice, making the Court an independent institution, and allowing it to effectively protect the Constitution from possible manipulations by the dominant groups. It is then argued that the Court is able to serve as an intermediary between law and politics, ‘jurisdictionalising’ politics into the legal procedures and, at the same time, ‘politicizing’ its judicial role through the political nature of the matters examined and the political effects of its decisions.


bipolar constitutionalism Constitutional Court of Italy judicial accountability judicial independence jurisdictionalisation politicisation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.‘Roma Tre’ UniversityRomeItaly

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