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Lisbon Before the Courts: Comparative Perspectives

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Lisbon decisions of the constitutional courts in Austria, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Latvia and Poland from a comparative perspective – Democracy, sovereignty and identity – Permeability of national and supranational law – Ratification of the Lisbon Treaty and its constitutional foundations – Procedural background and legal outcome of the Lisbon decisions – Differences of institutional self-conception – Parliamentary responsibility for integration – Prior parliamentary assent to the future application of ‘dynamic treaty provisions’ – Different conceptions of national and multi-levelled democracy – Popular vote – Constitutional limits to European integration – Limits indicating the necessity of an amendment and limits protecting the inalienable substantial core of a constitutional order – German Bundesverfassungsgericht only court in Europe spelling out an eternity clause in a detailed, catalogue style manner – Judicial restraint – Ultra vires and identity review – Article 4.2 TEU as an integration clause of EU law and not a derogation clause – Comparative dialectics

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* Dr. iur. (Humboldt-University Berlin), Maîtrise en droit (Paris 1), research assistant and lecturer, Walter-Hallstein-Institute for European Constitutional Law (WHI), Humboldt-University Berlin, contact: . This article goes back to a paper presented at the 8th conference of the European Constitutional Law Network (ECLN) 2010 in Madrid. For helpful suggestions on earlier drafts I would like to thank Alexander Daniel, Edgar Lenski and Jan-Herman Reestman.

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European Constitutional Law Review
  • ISSN: 1574-0196
  • EISSN: 1744-5515
  • URL: /core/journals/european-constitutional-law-review
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