How to Be a Third Pillar Guardian of Fundamental Rights? The Irish Supreme Court and the European Arrest Warrant
European Law Review, 2008 vol 33
15 Pages Posted: 19 Mar 2011 Last revised: 14 May 2015
Date Written: March 16, 2011
The author outlines recent developments as to the operation of the European arrest warrant before the Irish Supreme Court. The European Arrest Warrant Act, 2003 includes a far-reaching obligation to refuse surrender where a breach of fundamental rights has occurred, one that has been read down dramatically by the Irish courts. While the Irish courts cannot access the Court of Justice pursuant to Article 35 EU, they have employed the Pupino decision so as to “bridge the gap” and provide judicial protection. The effectiveness of the Supreme Court as a Third Pillar guardian of fundamental rights is thus considered.
Keywords: European arrest warrant, Ireland, Duty of conforming interpretation, fundamental rights
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