Why do some courts act independently and others do not? This is the basic question that posed itself when Colombia’s Constitutional Court barred the sitting president from another term in office. Continue reading
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Can a Deliberative Constitutional Court Enhance Democracy?
Contemporary democracies ascribe to constitutional courts, among other things, the pivotal role of protecting and implementing rights against the background of electoral politics. That task was arguably played, over the past decades, with varying degrees of success. At the same time, these courts have gradually occupied a major political space. This has generated a significant revival of the age-old question about the democratic legitimacy of constitutional review, an arrangement that empowers unelected judges to control decisions by parliamentary representatives. Continue reading