Judges as guardians of constitutionalism and human rights

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  • Creator edited by Martin Scheinin, Department of Law, European University Institute, Italy; Helle Krunke, CECS, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, Denmark; Marina Aksenova, iCourts, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Format Books
  • Contributors
  • Publication Cheltenham, UK : Edward Elgar Publishing, [2016]
  • Physical Details
    • ix, 386 pages ; 24 cm
  • ISBNs 1785365851, 9781785365850, 9781785365867
  • OCLC ocn934606840


  • "There are many challenges that national and supranational judges have to face when fulfilling their roles as guardians of constitutionalism and human rights. This book brings together academics and judges from different jurisdictions in an endeavour to uncover the intricacies of the judicial function. The contributors discuss several points that each represent contemporary challenges to judging: analysis of judicial balancing of conflicting considerations; the nature of courts' legitimacy and its alleged dependence on public support; the role of judges in upholding constitutional values in the times of transition to democracy, surveillance and the fight against terrorism; and the role of international judges in guaranteeing globally recognized fundamental rights and freedoms. This book will be of interest to human rights scholars focusing on the issues of judicial oversight, as well as constitutional law scholars interested in comparative perspectives on the role of judges in different contexts. It will also be useful to national constitutional court judges, and law clerks aiming to familiarise themselves with judicial practices within other jurisdictions."--


  • Includes bibliographical references and index.


  • Introduction / Helle Krunke and Martin Scheinin -- On judging / Aharon Barak -- The changing understanding of judicial legitimacy / Or Bassok -- Courts as protectors of the people : constitutional identity, popular legitimacy and human rights / Helle Krunke -- Judges as guardians of constitutionalism and human rights : the judiciary and counter-terrorism in the United Kingdom / David Hope (The Lord Hope of Craighead) -- The judiciary and the surveillance state : general trends and German experiences / Wolfgang Hoffmann-Riem -- Judicial oversight of surveillance : the case of Ireland in comparative perspective / TJ McIntyre -- Procedural fairness and judicial review of counter-terrorism measures / David Jenkins -- The judiciary in times of terrorism and surveillance : a global perspective / Martin Scheinin -- The role of the judiciary in Egypt's failed transition to democracy / Antoni Abat i Ninet -- The Russian constitutional court in international legal dialogues / Bakhtiyar Tuzmukhamedov -- Guides and guardians : judiciaries in times of transition / Ebrahim Afsah -- Constitutionalism and human rights at the International Criminal Court / Anita Ušacka -- The judicial dialogue between international and national courts in the Inter-American human rights system / Carlos Ayala -- The role of judges of the European Court of Human Rights as guardians of fundamental rights of the individual / David Thór Björgvinsson -- The task of regional and international courts in guarding constitutionalism and human rights / Marina Aksenova and Geir Ulfstein
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