Appointing Judges in an Age of Judicial Power: Critical Perspectives from Around the World

Appointing Judges in an Age of Judicial Power: Critical Perspectives from Around the World

by Kate Malleson
     
 

The global expansion in judicial power has led to a growing interest in the way judges are chosen. Reform of the judicial selection process is on the political agenda in many countries but the nature of that process differs according to the type of process used - whether a career judiciary, an elected judiciary (direct and indirect), appointment by the executive,

Overview

The global expansion in judicial power has led to a growing interest in the way judges are chosen. Reform of the judicial selection process is on the political agenda in many countries but the nature of that process differs according to the type of process used - whether a career judiciary, an elected judiciary (direct and indirect), appointment by the executive, or a hybrid system.

The main aim of this volume is to analyse common issues arising from increasing judicial power in the context of different political and legal systems, including those in North America, Africa, Europe, Australia, and Asia. The contributors seek to assess the strengths and weaknesses of structural and procedural reforms being proposed or implemented. Particularly important issues include the growing pressure to rethink the balance between judicial independence and accountability and the growing recognition of the importance of selecting judiciaries with a greater diversity in composition.

Edited by Kate Malleson and Peter H. Russell, the volume marks the first time an analysis of judicial selection in such a wide range of different systems has been undertaken. It will interest anyone concerned with the global shift of political power toward the judiciary.

Contributors:
Jim Allen
Sufian Hemed Bukurura
Leny De Groot
Francois du Bois
Antoine Garapon
Mahmoud Hamad
Elizabeth Handsley
Colin Hawes
Christine Landfried
Ruth Mackenzie
Kate Malleson
Derek Matyszakv
Ted Morton
David O'Brien
Alan Paterson
Marie Provine
Peter H. Russell
Eli Salzberger
Phillipe Sands
Michael Tolley
Alexei Trochev
Mary Volcansek

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802090539
Publisher:
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date:
03/28/2006
Pages:
450
Product dimensions:
6.18(w) x 9.26(h) x 1.43(d)

Meet the Author

Kate Malleson is a professor in the Department of Law at Queen Mary, University of London.

Peter H. Russell is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto. He has written extensively on issues related to the Canadian Constitution and Canadian politics in general.

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