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Bipolar Constitutionalism in The Netherlands and Its Consequences for the Independence and Accountability of the Judiciary

  • Geerten BoogaardEmail author
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Part of the European Yearbook of Constitutional Law book series (EYCL, volume 1)

Abstract

The expansion of the constitutional function of the judiciary in the Netherlands necessitates a perpetual review of its independence. Should it be reinforced in order to better protect judges from the possible repercussions of politically unwelcome judgments? Or should the safeguards be weakened in order to legitimize judicial interventions in political processes? This chapter analyses the historical expansion of the constitutional function and provides an overview of the current formal and informal constitutional safeguards relating to the legal status and institutional and functional independence of the judiciary in the Netherlands. The conclusion is that in particular the informal safeguards for independence such as the convention of co-optation and the sub judice principle can help to strike a balance between legal protection and democracy.

Keywords

Administrative Jurisdiction Division of the Dutch Council of State constitutionalism Dutch Supreme Court judicial accountability judicial independence 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Leiden UniversityLeidenThe Netherlands

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