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National Constitutions in European and Global Governance: Democracy, Rights, the Rule of Law: National Reports

Edited by: Anneli Albi, Samo Bardutzky

ISBN13: 9789462652729
To be Published: February 2019
Publisher: T.M.C. Asser Press
Country of Publication: The Netherlands
Format: Hardback
Price: £44.99



This two-volume book brings together leading scholars of constitutional law from twenty-nine European countries to revisit the role of national constitutions at a time when decision-making has increasingly shifted to the European and transnational level. It offers important insights into three areas.

First, it explores how constitutions reflect the transfer of powers from domestic to European and global institutions. Secondly, it revisits substantive constitutional values, such as the protection of constitutional rights, the rule of law, democratic participation and constitutional review, along with constitutional court judgments that tackle the protection of these rights and values in the transnational context, e.g. with regard to the Data Retention Directive, the European Arrest Warrant, the ESM Treaty, and EU and IMF austerity measures. The responsiveness of the ECJ regarding the above rights and values, along with the standard of protection, is also assessed. Thirdly, challenges in the context of global governance in relation to judicial review, democratic control and accountability are examined.

On a broader level, the contributors were also invited to reflect on what has increasingly been described as the erosion or ‘twilight' of constitutionalism, or a shift to a thin version of the rule of law, democratic control and judicial review in the context of Europeanisation and globalisation processes.The book is complemented by a separately published comparative study, which identifies a number of broader trends and challenges that are shared across several Member States and warrant wider discussion. The research for this publication and the comparative study were carried out within the framework of the ERC-funded project `The Role and Future of National Constitutions in European and Global Governance'.

The book is aimed at scholars, researchers, judges and legal advisors working on the interface between national constitutional law and EU and transnational law. The extradition cases are also of interest to scholars and practitioners in the field of criminal law.Anneli Albi is Professor of European Law at the University of Kent, United Kingdom. Samo Bardutzky is Assistant Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Subjects:
Constitutional and Administrative Law
Contents:
Part I: Introduction
Chapter 1. Revisiting the Role and Future of National Constitutions in European and Global Governance: Introduction to the Research Project
Chapter 2. Questionnaire for the Network of Constitutional Experts of the Research Project ‘The Role of National Constitutions in European and Global Governance’
Part II. Political/Evolutionary Constitutions: The Predominant Role of Parliament with the Absence of or a Weak Role for a Constitutional Court, and a Generic or ECHR-Based Bill of Rights
Chapter 3. Europe’s Gift to the United Kingdom’s Unwritten Constitution – Juridification
Chapter 4. The Constitution of Malta: Reflections on New Mechanisms for Synchrony of Values in Different Levels of Governance
Chapter 5. The Netherlands: The Pragmatics of a Flexible, Europeanised Constitution
Chapter 6. The Constitution of Luxembourg in the Context of EU and International Law as ‘Higher Law’
Chapter 7. The Role of the Danish Constitution in European and Transnational Governance
Chapter 8. The Constitution of Sweden and European Influences: The Changing Balance between Democratic and Judicial Power
Chapter 9. Finland: European Integration and International Human Rights Treaties as Sources of Domestic Constitutional Change and Dynamism
Part III: The Post-Totalitarian Constitutions of the ‘Old’ Member States: An Extensive Bill of Rights, Rule of Law Safeguards and Constitutional Review by a Constitutional Court
Chapter 10. European Constitutionalism and the German Basic Law
Chapter 11. The Constitution of Italy: Axiological Continuity between the Domestic and International Levels of Governance?
Chapter 12. The Constitution of Spain: The Challenges for the Constitutional Order under European and Global Governance
Chapter 13. Portugal: The Impact of European Integration and the Economic Crisis on the Identity of the Constitution
Chapter 14. The Constitution of Greece: EU Membership Perspectives
Part IV: The Post-Totalitarian Constitutions of the ‘New’ Member States from the Post-Communist Area: A Detailed Bill of Rights, Rule of Law Safeguards and Constitutional Review Entrenched after the Recent Memory of Arbitrary Exercise of Power
Chapter 15. The Future Mandate of the Constitution of Slovenia: A Potent Tradition Under Strain
Chapter 16. The Role of the Polish Constitution (Pre-2016): Development of a Liberal Democracy in the European and International Context
Chapter 17. The Czech Republic: From a Euro-Friendly Approach of the Constitutional Court to Proclaiming a Court of Justice Judgment Ultra Vires
Chapter 18. Slovakia: Between Euro-Optimism and Euro-Concerns
Chapter 19. The Constitution of Estonia: The Unexpected Challenges of Unlimited Primacy of EU Law
Chapter 20. The Constitution of Latvia – A Bridge Between Traditions and Modernity
Chapter 21. The Constitutional Experience of Lithuania in the Context of European and Global Governance Challenges
Chapter 22. Romania – The Vagaries of International Grafts on Unsettled Constitutions
Chapter 23. The Bulgarian Constitutional Order, Supranational Constitutionalism and European Governance
Chapter 24. The Constitution of Croatia in the Perspective of European and Global Governance
Part V: Normative-Hybrid Constitutions: Combining Strong and Elastic Elements, e.g. an Older or ECHR-Based Bill of Rights
Chapter 25. The Constitution of France in the Context of EU and Transnational Law: An Ongoing Adjustment and Dialogue to be Improved
Chapter 26. The Belgian Constitution: The Efficacy Approach to European and Global Governance
Chapter 27. The Constitution of Austria in International Constitutional Networks: Pluralism, Dialogues and Diversity
Chapter 28. Ireland: The Constitution of Ireland and EU Law: The Complex Constitutional Debates of a Small Country
Chapter 29. The Cypriot Constitution under the Impact of EU Law: An Asymmetrical Formation
Part VI: Specific Constitutional Developments
Chapter 30. Introductory Editorial Note to the Hungarian Report: The Pre-2010 Rule of Law Achievements and Post-2010 Illiberal Turn
Chapter 31. Hungary: Constitutional (R)evolution or Regression?
Part VII: Reforming the National Constitution in View of Global Governance
Chapter 32. Constitutionalisation and Democratisation of Foreign Affairs: The Case of Switzerland.