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The UK Supreme Court Yearbook Volume 8: 2016-2017 Legal Year

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EU Treaties and the Judicial Politics of National Courts: A Law and Politics Approach

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ISBN13: 9781138885585
Published: September 2015
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £90.00

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Cases such as the Maastricht ruling by the German Federal Constitutional Court or the 'Crotty; decision by the Irish Supreme Court have gone down in the history of European integration as outstanding examples of intervention by judicial actors in important political processes. In this book, Dr. Castillo Ortiz makes for the first time a comprehensive analysis of all such rulings by national higher courts on European Union treaties issued during their processes of ratification.

Using an interdisciplinary Law and Politics approach and a sophisticated methodological strategy, the book describes the political dynamics underlying some of the most relevant judicial episodes in the process of European Integration during the last decades: litigation strategies by Europhile and Eurosceptic actors, relations between the judiciary and the other branches of government, and clashes of power between national courts and the European Court of Justice of the European Union. By offering empirical evidence and by relying on scientific rigor, the book seeks to provide both experts and the general public an accessible account of one of the most salient but least studied aspects of current European law and politics.

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EU Law
1. National Higher Courts and Processes of Ratification of European Union Treaties
2. Constructing a Model of Judicial Behavior. Theoretical Framework
3. EU Primary Law Before the Guardians of the Constitution: Courts' Decisions On the Merits
4. Kompetenz-Kompetenz: The Doctrine of The Last Say. The Interpretative Decisions of Courts
5. The Legal Dimension: Assessing Judicial Behaviour From the Viewpoint of Legal Rules
6. The Political Dimension: a Pro-ratification Context
7. The Judicial Dimension: Institutional Design and Decisional Dynamics
8. Judicial Behaviour as a Result of Complex Causation: a QCA Approach to the Juridical Dynamics of Treaty Ratification
9. Conclusions and Some Final Reflections