The Europeanization of National Judiciaries: Definitions, Indicators and Mechanisms

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The article is underpinned by the idea that the national courts/judges are expected to act as decentralized European Union judges. However, the general knowledge concerning the impact of EU law on the functioning of national courts as EU judges and the process of Europeanization of national judiciaries is still somewhat scattered and fragmented. The central ambition of this article is to provide a theoretical framework that would contribute to the understanding of Europeanization of judiciaries by: 1) offering a definition and theoretical developments useful for the study Europeanization and its dynamics; 2) exploring the diverse indicators to operate the concept; 3) providing explanations on how Europeanization might happen by identifying the distinctive mechanisms potentially in play. By and large, the article proposes theoretical and empirical developments, which will facilitate embracing the project of constructing a composite framework for the policy and socio-legal study and measurement of the Europeanization of national courts.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of European Public Policy
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)386-406
Number of pages21
Publication statusPublished - 2019

    Research areas

  • Faculty of Law - National Courts, Europeanization, Judiciary, Court of Justice of the European Union, CJEU, ECJ, EU Law, Europeanization of the judiciary, National Judges

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