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Judicial Action, Independence and Integrity Entering a New Decade

Constitutions
Democratisation
Courts
Jurisprudence
Comparative Perspective
Europeanisation through Law
Judicialisation
S31
Benjamin G. Engst
Universität Konstanz
Monika Glavina
Universiteit Antwerpen

Endorsed by the ECPR Standing Group on Law and Courts


Abstract

Having entered a new decade, novel challenges require heightened judicial activity by domestic and international courts. Judicial institutions monitor the legality of political responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, are forced to settle disputes over the electoral outcome in the US, and have become mediators as populism rises worldwide. The nature of these issues draws courts in a politically polarized environment where politicians attack judicial independence; especially, as the trend of democratic backsliding continues. While current events increase the demand for a fair and just judiciary, they also increase the risk of undermining judicial integrity. The implications of these developments require looking at the judiciary's role in different regimes and shed light on the judicial interaction with political players, other courts and society at large. To do so, this section invites scholarship using a wide variety of theories, methods and cases to assess ongoing dynamics in judicial politics.
Code Title Details
P141 Europe in national courts View Panel Details
P198 Informal Institutions and Judicial Independence View Panel Details
P220 Judicial decision-making under public and political scrutiny View Panel Details
P221 Judicial dialogue among inter- and supranational courts View Panel Details
P222 Judicial power under legislative and executive threats View Panel Details
P232 Legal Mobilization Under Democratic Crisis (Part 1) View Panel Details
P233 Legal Mobilization Under Democratic Crisis (part 2) View Panel Details
P248 Mapping and explaining judicial decision-making View Panel Details
P440 The Politics of the Preliminary Ruling Procedure View Panel Details