1st Edition

Judicial Law-Making in European Constitutional Courts

ISBN 9780367900755
Published May 28, 2020 by Routledge
278 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book analyses the specificity of the law-making activity of European constitutional courts. The main hypothesis is that currently constitutional courts are positive legislators whose position in the system of State organs needs to be redefined.

The book covers the analysis of the law-making activity of four constitutional courts in Western countries: Germany, Italy, Spain, and France; and six constitutional courts in Central–East European countries: Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Latvia, and Bulgaria; as well as two international courts: the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) and the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). The work thus identifies the mutual interactions between national constitutional courts and international tribunals in terms of their law-making activity. The chosen countries include constitutional courts which have been recently captured by populist governments and subordinated to political powers. Therefore, one of the purposes of the book is to identify the change in the law-making activity of those courts and to compare it with the activity of constitutional courts from countries in which democracy is not viewed as being under threat. Written by national experts, each chapter addresses a series of set questions allowing accessible and meaningful comparison.

The book will be a valuable resource for students, academics, and policy-makers working in the areas of constitutional law and politics.

Table of Contents


Monika Florczak-Wątor;

PART I: Western European Constitutional Courts;

Chapter 1: France;
The French Constitutional Council as a Law-Maker. Relations Between the Council and the Legislator: From Dialogue to Rewriting?;
Julien Mouchette;

Chapter 2: Germany;
The Law-Making Activity of the German Federal Constitutional Court: A Case-Law Study;
Ruth Weber

Chapter 3: Italy;
The Law-Making Power of the Constitutional Court of Italy;
Nausica Palazzo;

Chapter 4: Spain;

The Spanish Constitutional Court as a Law-Maker: Functioning and Practice;
Covadonga Ferrer Martín de Vidales;

PART II: Central and Eastern European Constitutional Courts;

Chapter 5: Bulgaria;
The Constitutional Court of the Republic of Bulgaria as a Law-Maker;
Martin Belov, Aleksandar Tsekov;

Chapter 6: Czech Republic;
The Law-Making Activity of the Czech Constitutional Court;
Jan Malíř, Jana Ondřejková;

Chapter 7: Hungary;
The Hungarian Constitutional Court as a Law-Maker: Various Tools and Changing Roles;
Zoltán Pozsár-Szentmiklósy;

Chapter 8: Latvia;
The Constitutional Court of the Republic of Latvia as a Law-Maker: Current Practice;
Anita Rodiņa, Alla Spale;

Chapter 9: Poland
The Law-Making Activity of the Polish Constitutional Tribunal;
Piotr Czarny, Bogumił Naleziński;

Chapter 10: Slovak Republic;
The Many Faces of Law-Making by Constitutional Courts with Extensive Review Powers: The Slovak Case;
Ján Štiavnický, Max Steuer;

PART III: European International Courts;

Chapter 11: Court of Justice of the European Union;
The Court of Justice of the European Union as a Law-Maker: Enhancing Integration or Acting Ultra Vires?;
Monika Kawczyńska;

Chapter 12: European Court of Human Rights;
The European Court of Human Rights and the Creation of Law through the Case-law;
Krzysztof Wojtyczek;

PART IV: Comparative Analysis;

Chapter 13: European Constitutional Courts as Law-Makers: Research Synthesis;
Monika Florczak-Wątor;

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Monika Florczak-Wątor is Professor in the Constitutional Law Department of Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, and the Head of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Constitutional Studies.