New article on Judicial Ideology of the Slovenian Constitutional Court

My research article on »Authoritarian Dimension of Judicial Ideology of the Slovenian Constitutional Court« has now been published in Croatian and Comparative Public Administration, Vol. 20 No. 4 (2020), 733-760. Here is the abstract:

After the democratization and independence of Slovenia, the Constitutional Court has generated the paradigm reform in the Slovenian constitutional system by protecting individual rights against the heritage of the former system. The constitutional judges are not blank slates, but individuals embedded in their private and professional environments. In the past three decades, the Court has delivered several seminal decisions concerning the protection of the rule of law, human rights, and constitutional democracy. What motivates constitutional judges to protect individual rights in some cases and show preference for the preservation of authority and stability of the existing legal system in others? The article is based on the empirical research measuring the presence of judicial ideology at the Constitutional Court of Slovenia in three mandates (1993–1997, 2002–2006, 2011–2016). The methodological and theoretical model aims to measure economic, social, and authoritarian dimensions of judicial ideology (three-fold judicial ideology model). The research group has analysed the decisions and separate opinions of the Constitutional Court from selected periods based on hypotheses provided by the model. This article intends to present and analyse the research results concerning the authoritarian dimension of judicial ideology. More specifically, it examines the level of authoritarianism of the Slovenian Constitutional Court in its judicial decision-making during the three mentioned mandates. Through the obtained empirical results, the paper seeks to strengthen fair, impartial, and independent functioning of the Slovenian Constitutional Court and its respective judges.

Conference on »Judicial Ideology under Empirical Scrutiny« – Call for Papers

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The Research Groups of the Faculty of Government and European Studies, New University, and the Re-forma d.o.o. are organizing an international conference dedicated to the empirical study of ideological profiles of judges. The conference will take place within a framework of the research project on The Ideology on Courts, whereby the research group has been conducting an empirical research in the multidimensional ideology of the Slovenian constitutional court.

The conference will take place on Monday, 16. 9. 2019, in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and will consist of two invited keynote lectures and four panels, in which the selected scholars will be able to present their work in progress. Therefore, hereby a call for papers is launched to invite scholars at an early stage of their career (including doctoral students and post-docs) as well as more experienced researchers to present their on-going research on ideological profiles of judges in the national, supranational and international courts. The call is open until 17. 5. 2019 and all interested applicants shall send their 300 words abstract to Matej.Avbelj@fds.nova-uni.si.

The successful scholars will be informed about the selection by 31. 5. 2019. The Faculty of Government and European studies will cover a 2-night accommodation and provide meals, while the participants are responsible for their own travel expenses to Ljubljana.