Appointment of Constitutional Judges in a Comparative Perspective - With a Proposal for a New Model for Hungary
Acta Juridica Hungarica, Vol. 54, No. 1, pp. 5-23 (2013)
19 Pages Posted: 8 Mar 2013
Date Written: October 1, 2012
This paper discusses the different models of appointment applied for constitutional judges in Europe, taking into consideration also the appointment procedure of the two European regional courts. It offers an account and a comparative analysis of the three appointment models: the split, the collaborative and the parliamentary model, discussing their practical application and shortcomings, with reference to European constitutional courts. In particular, the paper deals with the question of how to avoid standstills in the different appointment procedures and with the publicity of these procedures. The author concludes with a proposal for the Hungarian Constitutional Court, arguing that the split model is the one that ensures better that the composition of the Court expresses a balance between the branches of government.
Keywords: judicial appointments, comparative law, constitutional courts
JEL Classification: K19
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