Title
Constitutional review in the mega-Leviathan: a democratic foundation for the European Court of Justice Constitutional review in the mega-Leviathan: a democratic foundation for the European Court of Justice
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Law
Publication type
article
Publication
Oxford ,
Subject
Law
Source (journal)
European law journal / European University Institute. Academy of European Law [Florence] - Oxford
Volume/pages
16(2010) :6 , p. 695-716
ISSN
1351-5993
1468-0386
ISI
000284070800001
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
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Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) serves, among other things, as a constitutional court for the EU. This means that it possesses the legal right to strike down both EU and national laws it deems irreconcilable with treaty provisions. In the present article, we shall draw on Hans Kelsen's theory of democracy to argue that the ECJ's competence to review and invalidate legislation is, in fact, indispensable for the democratic legitimacy of the EU's legal system as a whole.
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