On judicial mobilization: Entrepreneuring for policy change at times of crisis

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

National courts all over Europe have faced the challenge of whether to protect rights in times of crisis. In the context of the Spanish housing crisis, judges adopted an activist role by mobilizing the Court of Justice of the EU in multiple cases to challenge national legislation. This forced the Spanish government to adopt reforms to strengthen the position of mortgage debtors to fulfill the obligations under EU consumer law. This article discerns the factors that lead Spanish judges to cooperate with the CJEU. We show that, although political and legal opportunities and resources play a role for the judicial mobilization of EU law, the degree to which they matter vary when we consider: the role of ‘judicial entrepreneurs’ who introduce EU law as a novel legal strategy, and the impact of this tactic on how judicial actors frame EU law, with important consequences for the politics within the judiciary.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of European Integration
Issue number6
Pages (from-to)719-736
Number of pages19
Publication statusPublished - 2018

    Research areas

  • Faculty of Law - National courts, Court of Justice of the European Union, CJEU, Aziz, Empowerment, Judicial mobilization

ID: 199030936