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Vol 23 No 2 Feb/March 2018

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

Edited by: Daniel Clarry
Price: £120.00

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Rights Before Courts: A Study of Constitutional Courts in Postcommunist States of Central and Eastern Europe

ISBN13: 9789401789349
Published: June 2014
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
Country of Publication: The Netherlands
Format: Hardback
Price: £124.00

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This is a completely revised and updated second edition of Rights Before Courts (2005, paper edition 2008). This book carefully examines the most recent wave of the emergence and case law of activist constitutional courts: those that were set up after the fall of communism in Central and Eastern Europe. In contrast to most other analysts and scholars, the study does not take for granted that they are a "force for good" but rather subjects them to critical scrutiny against a background of wide-ranging comparative and theoretical analysis of constitutional judicial review in the modern world.

The new edition takes in new case law and constitutional developments in the decade since the first edition, including considering the recent disturbing disempowerment of the Hungarian Constitutional Court (which previously was probably the most powerful constitutional court in the world) resulting from the fundamental constitutional changes brought about by the Fidesz government.

Constitutional and Administrative Law, Courts and Procedure
Preface to the Second Edition.

Part 1.
1. The Model of Constitutional Review In Central And Eastern Europe: An Overview.
2. Constitutional Courts in Search if Legitimacy.
3. The Model of Judicial Review And Its Implications.
4. Constitutional Courts and Legislation.

Part II.
5. Judicial Review And Protection of Constitutional Rights.
6. Personal, Civil and Political Rights and Liberties.
7. Socio-Economic Rights.
8. Equality and Minority Rights.
9. "Decommunisation", "Lustration" and Constitutional Continuity.
10. Restrictions of Rights.

General Literature.