By Tamas Gyorfi
Ever for the reason that international battle II, a brand new constitutional version has emerged around the globe that provides a pivotal function to judges. Against the hot Constitutionalism demanding situations this reigning paradigm and develops a distinctively liberal defence of political constitutionalism. the writer concludes that, in consolidated democracies, powerful constitutional overview can't be justified and argues for the primacy of the legislature totally on epistemic - rather than procedural - grounds.
The writer additionally considers even if the minimalist judicial overview of Nordic international locations is extra in response to the easiest justification of the establishment than the Commonwealth version that occupies a primary position in modern constitutional scholarship.
This publication should be of significant curiosity to scholars and students of constitutional legislations. it is going to even be of use to constitutional and political theorists, in addition to comparative and public legal professionals, searching for an answer to the problems surrounding constitutional evaluate.
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81 This formulation is telling. If true, it shows that the constitutional imagination of the Spanish framers was limited when they adopted constitutional review. The highly successful democratic transition of Germany (a reason for constitutional learning), the political and intellectual reputation of the FCC, Germany’s weight within the EU (reasons for constitutional conformity) and the civil law paradigm as a common legal framework (network effect) have all made the German model a salient choice for the Spanish founding fathers.
For very similar reasons, the German model was also an obvious choice for Central European countries. However, for them, the spread of judicial review to Southern Europe made the choice even more compelling. First, Spain’s successful transition to democracy was an additional reason for imitation. Second, the fact that Spain, Portugal and Greece also joined the club made the club bigger, and thereby more attractive. In addition, Central and Eastern European countries also learnt from and were competing with each other.
Simply put, according to the established convention, the hallmark of strong judicial review is judicial supremacy, that is, that courts have the final say in constitutional disputes, their interpretation cannot be overridden by the ordinary legislative process. By contrast, in the terminology of my book, strong judicial review entails not only (1) judicial supremacy, but also (2) the broad scope (rights-based), and (3) the robust exercise of judicial review. As an implication, I will also deviate from how the term of weak judicial review is usually used.