1st Edition

Dialogues on Italian Constitutional Justice A Comparative Perspective

    302 Pages
    by Routledge

    304 Pages
    by Routledge

    This collection adopts a distinctive method and structure to introduce the work of Italian constitutional law scholars into the Anglophone dialogue while also bringing a number of prominent non-Italian constitutional law scholars to study and write about constitutional justice in a global context.

    The work presents six distinct areas of particular interest from a comparative constitutional perspective: first, the role of legal scholarship in the work of constitutional courts; second, structures and processes that contribute to more “open” or “closed” styles of constitutional adjudication; third, pros and cons of collegiality in the work of constitutional courts; fourth, forms of access by individuals to constitutional justice; fifth, methods of constitutional interpretation; and sixth, the relationship between national constitutional adjudication and the transnational context. In each of these six areas, the volume sets up a new and genuine constitutional dialogue between an Italian scholar presenting a discussion and critical assessment of the specific topic, and a non-Italian scholar who responds elaborating the issue as seen from constitutional law beyond the Italian system. The resulting six such dialogues thus provide a dynamic, in-depth, multidimensional, national and transnational/comparative examination of these areas in which the `Italian style’ of constitutional adjudication has a distinctive contribution to make to comparative constitutional law in general.

    Fostering a deeper knowledge of the Italian Constitutional Court within the comparative global space and advancing a creative and fruitful methodological approach, the book will be fascinating reading for academics and researchers in comparative constitutional law.

    1. Introduction;

    2. Dialogue as Method, Vittoria Barsotti, Paolo G. Carozza, Marta Cartabia, and Andrea Simoncini; Dialogue I: Constitutional courts and legal scholarship;

    3. Je t’aime… moi non plus: some considerations on (and impressions of) the relationships between constitutional justice and legal scholarship, Paolo Passaglia;

    4. The wasp and the orchid: constitutional justice and legal scholarship need each other, Marc Verdussen; Dialogue II: Open and closed forms of constitutional adjudication;

    5. Openness and transparency in constitutional adjudication: amici curiae, third-party intervention, and fact-finding powers, Tania Groppi and Anna Maria Lecis Cocco Ortu;

    6. Procedural rules and the cultivation of well-informed and responsive constitutional judiciaries, Maartje De Visser; Dialogue III: The principle of collegiality;

    7. Collegiality over personality: the refusal of separate opinions in Italy, Diletta Tega;

    8. `Collegiality’ in comparative context, Sarah Harding; Dialogue IV: Access to constitutional adjudication;

    9. Direct constitutional complaint and Italian style do not match. But why? Elisabetta Lamarque;

    10. The potential virtues and risks of abstract constitutional challenges and individual complaints: some reflections from Spain, Victor Ferreres Comella; Dialogue V: Judicial reasoning and interpretation;

    11. Forms and methods of constitutional interpretation – Italian style, Giorgio Pino;

    12. The relationship between forms and methods in constitutional interpretation: comparative reflections, Jeff Pojanowski; Dialogue VI: National constitutional adjudication in a transnational context ;

    13. The Italian constitutional court in the European space – an empirical approach, Marta Infantino;

    14. European relationality in the European legal space: country-specific mixtures within one European style, Patricia Popelier;

    15. Power is perfected in weakness: on the authority of the Italian constitutional court, Armin von Bogdandy and Davide Paris;


    Vittoria Barsotti, Professor of Comparative Law, University of Florence, Italy;

    Paolo G. Carozza, Professor of Law, University of Notre Dame Law School, USA;

    Marta Cartabia, Vice President of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Italy;

    Andrea Simoncini, Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Florence, Italy;