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The Democratizing Effects of Transjudicial Coordination


Eyal Benvenisti


Tel Aviv University, Faculty of Law

George W. Downs


New York University (NYU)

May 10, 2012

Utrecht Law Review, Vol. 8, No. 2, pp. 158-171, May 2012

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There are growing indications that transjudicial dialogue among national courts has increased in recent years and that it has become more routinized. We argue below that this trend is at least partially motivated by the efforts of these courts to: address a 'judicial deficit' that has resulted from the broad transfer of regulatory policy-making authority from the domestic to the international sphere; and curb pro-executive interpretations of regulatory rules on the part of less politically insulated international tribunals. While recognizing the dangers of 'le gouvernement des juges', we suggest that, at least in the short term, the expanded role of national courts can operate to enhance rather than pre-empt domestic political processes and promote accountability to diverse democratic concerns by providing opportunities for national legislatures and civil society to weigh in on matters subject to executive discretion or international regulation.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 14

Keywords: international law, judicial review, democracy, global governance, transjudicial coordination

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Date posted: May 21, 2012  

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Benvenisti, Eyal and Downs, George W., The Democratizing Effects of Transjudicial Coordination (May 10, 2012). Utrecht Law Review, Vol. 8, No. 2, pp. 158-171, May 2012. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2063635

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Eyal Benvenisti (Contact Author)
Tel Aviv University, Faculty of Law ( email )
Ramat Aviv
Tel Aviv 69978
Israel
George W. Downs
New York University (NYU) ( email )
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