Research report 2014 - Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law
How to select Europe’s judges
von Bogdandy, Armin; Krenn, Christoph
Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht, Heidelberg
SummaryThe European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the European Union are powerful actors of European governance. Their decisions affect the individual, democratic life and its institutions. This begs the question of these courts’ democratic legitimacy and prompts us to consider the selection of their judges in light of democratic principles. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law reconstruct the selection procedures to these courts as a democratic endeavor and, from comparison, draws suggestions how to proceed with them.