How Interpretation Techniques Can Shape the Relationship Between Constitutional Courts and the European Union

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The article provides a detailed examination of two recent decisions issued by the Spanish and Czech constitutional courts. These judgments raise a series of issues regarding the process of integration of the Union since the courts appear to take on the role of guardians of the constitutional domestic system and act as reviewers of the Union's policies. Interestingly, in both cases a part of the reasoning relates to the protection of human rights, but to opposite effects (to promote as opposed to oppose the process of integration).

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: July 1, 2010

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