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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.

Ed. by Kate Malleson and Peter H. Russell.

U. of Toronto Press


473 pages




Pointing to the growing power of the judiciary around the world, Malleson (law, Queen Mary, U. of London, UK) and Russell (emeritus, political science, U. of Toronto, Canada) suggest the need to pay greater attention to issues surrounding the judicial appointment process. They present 19 comparative essays that explore how judiciaries are selected in the established democracies of the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States, New Zealand, Australia, the Netherlands, Italy, France, and Germany and the new democracies and transitional states of Israel, Egypt, South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Japan, Russia, and China. There also is one exploration of judicial selection for international courts. Two overriding themes emerge from the proceedings: growing pressure to rethink the balance between judicial independence and accountability in judicial appointments processes and growing calls for selecting more diverse judiciaries.

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