LawRules #1: We need to talk about Constitutional Courts
Constitutional courts are under attack in many countries in Europe and beyond. Why? And why now? What can be done to protect them, and what are the most important conditions for constitutional courts to function?
These are the questions we discuss in the first episode of the new podcast on the rule of law in Europe we and DAV have launched, with three distinguished guests, two of them former constitutional judges with first-hand experience on these matters, and one a scholar who has written an outstanding book on the German Bundesverfassungsgericht.
STANISLAW BIERNAT was the Vice President of the Polish Constitutional Tribunal while the government launched its takeover campaign against the court.
PEDRO CRUZ VILLALON, former Advocate General at the European Court of Justice, was a Judge at and President of the Spanish Constitutional Court, which has suffered greatly in recent years in the Catalan secession drama.
MICHAELA HAILBRONNER is a professor of constitutional law at the University of Gießen and an expert on the probably most influential constitutional court in Europe, the German Bundesverfassungsgericht.
Prof. Dr. Stanisław Biernat is Jean-Monnet-Professor of European Law at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow and a retired judge of the Polish Constitutional Tribunal and its Vice-President 2010-2017.
Pedro Cruz Villalón
Pedro Cruz Villalón is a Professor of Public Law at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid. He was a judge at the Spanish Constitutional Court from 1992 to 1998 and from 1998 to 2001 its president. From 2009 to 2015 he was an Advocate General at the European Court of Justice.
Michaela Hailbronner is a Professor of Public and Human Rights Law at the Justus Liebig University of Gießen. She is an Associate Editor at Verfassungsblog covering constitutional jurisdiction and comparative constitutional law issues. Foto: JLU/Wegst!
Maximilian Steinbeis is a legal journalist and writer and the founder and chief editor of Verfassungsblog.