… die letzten Tage dieser ehrwürdigen Institution sind gekommen. Seit Jahrhunderten ist das House of Lords sowohl Legislativ- als auch Judikativorgan im britischen Verfassungssystem. Ab 1. Oktober ist das vorbei: Dann nimmt der britische Supreme Court seine Arbeit auf.
Marko Milanovich vom EJIL Blog zollt dem House of Lords seinen Respekt:
In parting, one could only say that if some of the other European states (you know who they are) had a judicial system that was even only half as effective as is the English judiciary, and the House of Lords in particular, in the protection of individual rights under the Human Rights Act (and make no mistake about it, the HRA was truly a moment of fundamental constitutional change in the UK, requiring an enormous amount of adjustment and good will from the judiciary), then the case load of the Strasbourg Court would not be as unmanageable, nor would there be all the Protocol 14s, 14bis and other restrictions on the right of individual petition, which are ultimately only stop-gap measures that lead to nowhere.
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