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How many members does the Polish Constitutional Court have?

The Polish Constitutional Court (the ‘Court’) will soon consider the constitutionality of a new statute that regulates the Court’s procedure (case K 47/15). The statute in question, amending the Act on the Constitutional Court, introduced inter alia a novel decision-making procedure and has been criticised as infringing the Court’s constitutionally guaranteed independence. One highly problematic aspect of the new statute is that it aims to disable the Court from using …

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SymposiumVerfassungs- und Völkerrecht im Spannungsverhältnis

Let Not Triepel Triumph

How To Make the Best Out of Sentenza No. 238 of the Italian Constitutional Court for a Global Legal Order

(This article has previously been published on EJIL: talk!) The Italian Constiutional Court’s decision no. 238 of 22 Oct. 2014 (unofficial translation into English) already inspired a flurry of comments in the blogosphere (see in EJIL talk! Christian Tams (24 Oct. 2014) and Theodor Schilling (12 Nov. 2014); on the Verfassungsblog amongst others Filippo Fontanelli (27 Oct. 2014); on Opinio Juris (19 Nov. 2014); on the Völkerrechtsblog Felix Würkert (11 Dec. 2014)); see also …

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Damage-assessment on the building of international law

After the Italian Constitutional Court’s decision no. 238 of 2014: no structural damage, just wear and tear

A reply to Felix Würkert This symposium invites reflections on the intercourse between national courts and international law, in light of the recent judgment of the Constitutional Court of Italy (no. 238 of 2014, of 22 October 2014). I briefly examine this judgment’s impact on international law in two respects. First, whether it can point to a new principle of international law. Second, whether it undermines international law as such.

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