Law and Courts

Standing Group

Number of members: 175

Convenor

  • Theresa Squatrito (University of Liverpool)
  • Juan Antonio Mayoral (University of Copenhagen)

Steering Committee

  • Katarína Šipulová (Masaryk University)
  • Monika Glavina (University of Leuven)
  • Daniel Naurin (Universitetet i Oslo)
  • Andreas von Staden (Universität Hamburg)
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About

Judicial bodies as the third branch of political systems play an increasingly important role in contemporary politics in every part of the world and in the concepts of comparative politics. In spite of this importance, research about Constitutional Courts and Judicial Politics in Western and Eastern Europe is under-developed compared to the US where one finds very regular and lively debates. The aim of the group is to gather researchers in order to achieve a better understanding of the role of domestic and international courts and Judicial Politics and to fill the existing research gap. The group should be helpful in stimulating the judicial politics field regarding research issues theory, methods and data.

Constitution

Objects

 

  1. The ECPR Standing Group on Law and Courts aims to contribute to the further development of teaching in and scholarly research on the intersection of law and politics, at both domestic and international levels.

 

Membership

 

  1. Scholars affiliated to an ECPR member institution automatically become members of the Standing Group if they register as such through MyECPR.
  2. Scholars not affiliated to an ECPR member institution can be admitted by the Standing Group Steering Committee if they show an active interest in scholarly study in the Standing Group’s field. Such membership becomes effective as soon as the Steering Committee informs ECPR Central Services of its decision.

 

Governance

 

  1. The Standing Group is governed by a Steering Committee consisting of two Convenors and four Ordinary Members elected by and from the Standing Group members for a period of two years, renewable.
  2. The Convenors shall be principally responsible for planning and arranging group activities. Ordinary members of the Steering Committee will advise and assist the convenors in planning and arranging group activities.
  3. At least half a year before the Steering Committee’s term of office expires, the Steering Committee shall email members of the steering group and invite members to put themselves forward for election as either Convenor or Ordinary Member of the Steering Committee.
  4. Members must put themselves forward for election within one month of the email mentioned in (6).
  5. If after the deadline mentioned in (7) fewer than two candidates have nominated themselves for the position of convenor of the Steering Committee, the nomination period for the position of convenor is extended for another month.
  6. If after the deadline mentioned in (7) fewer than four candidates have nominated themselves for the position of ordinary member of the Steering Committee, the nomination period for the position of ordinary member of the steering committee is extended for another month.
  7. If only two candidates have nominated themselves for the position of convenor, they are declared elected
  8. If only four candidates have nominated themselves for the position of ordinary member of the Steering Committee, they are declared elected.
  9. If more than two candidates have nominated themselves for the position of convenor, but only two of these candidates are affiliated to ECPR member institutions, the candidates affiliated to ECPR member institutions shall be declared elected.
  10. If more than four candidates have nominated themselves for the position of ordinary member of the Steering Committee, but only four of these candidates are affiliated to ECPR member institutions, the candidates affiliated to ECPR member institutions shall be declared elected.
  11. If sufficient candidates have nominated themselves to have elections for the positions of convenor and ordinary member of the steering committee, the Steering Committee shall notify ECPR Central Services within a month after nominations have closed of the names of the candidates, and of the number of seats to be filled.
  12. ECPR Central Services will notify all Standing Group members of the period within and manner by which they can cast their vote.
  13. The electoral system is STV as used for ECPR Executive Committee elections.
  14. If all four positions as ordinary members of the Steering Committee are to be filled, and the candidates who meet the electoral quota do not include at least two candidates affiliated to ECPR member institutions, the non-affiliated candidate meeting the electoral quota with the lowest number of votes is removed. This procedure is repeated until at least two candidates affiliated to ECPR member institutions are elected.
  15. Annually a business meeting is held to which the Steering Committee invites all Standing Group members. The business meeting is held during the ECPR General Conference or, if applicable, during the Standing Group’s main conference in a given year.
  16. This Constitution can be amended by a two-thirds majority of Standing Group members voting in an electronic ballot, provided at least thirty percent of Standing Group members cast a vote

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