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The European Court of Justice’s growing role in the domain of fundamental rights is not a sign of judicial activism, but political insufficiencies.

Grimmel, Andreas (2013) The European Court of Justice’s growing role in the domain of fundamental rights is not a sign of judicial activism, but political insufficiencies. LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (16 Aug 2013). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

A common criticism of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) is that it engages in ‘activist’ rulings aimed at increasing its own power as an institution. Andreas Grimmel argues that many of these criticisms fail to put ECJ rulings within the context of wider EU integration. In the field of fundamental rights, for instance, the ECJ is required to make rulings due to a number of conflicts between different EU objectives. Moreover, many EU decisions are deliberately left politically unclear on the assumption that the ECJ will ‘fill in the blanks’ at a later date. These examples reflect problems with the overall nature of EU decision-making, rather than simply the ECJ’s rulings.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/
Additional Information: © 2013 The Author(s); Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Sets: Collections > LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2017 15:27
Last Modified: 10 Sep 2019 23:19
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/72450

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