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Symposium and book presentation on the judiciary's independence

Published: 31st January 2020 Last updated: 17th March 2020

On February 5th Tilburg Law School and the T.M.C. Asser Institute are launching the first volume of the European Yearbook of Constitutional Law. This volume investigates adequate responses to threats to the judiciary’s independence both in the Netherlands and beyond. At a symposium in The Hague several speakers will address the issue; Kees Sterk, Vice President of the Dutch Council for the Judiciary and President of the European Network of Councils for the Judiciary, is one of them.

In countries around the world there is political criticism and pressure on the judiciary, against which the usual guarantees for independence seem to be unable to provide adequate protection. A convincing and effective response to threats to the judiciary’s independence requires a detailed and precise analysis of the judiciary’s constitutional safeguards and limits. This is the aim of the volume Judicial Power: Safeguards and Limits in a Democratic Society, to be presented in The Hague.

On February 5th in The Hague, co-editor Ernst Hirsch Ballin will introduce the European Yearbook of Constitutional Law  series, while co-editor Gerhard van der Schyff will introduce the topic of the first volume.

Kees Sterk, Vice President of the Dutch Council for the Judiciary and President of the European Network of Councils for the Judiciary, will deliver the keynote speech in which he will discuss the topic of the book, focusing in particular on how threats to judicial independence can best be addressed.

The keynote speech will be followed by a round table with experts in the field, moderated by Maarten Stremler, and a general Q & A session with the audience. You can find the full programme here.

About the European Yearbook of Constitutional Law (EYCL)
The EYCL is an annual publication initiated by the Department of Public Law and Governance at Tilburg University and devoted to the study of constitutional law. It aims to provide a forum for in-depth analysis and discussion of new developments in the field, both in Europe and beyond. The theme of the second volume is ‘The City in Constitutional Law’.