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ČAPKOVIČOVÁ, P.: Political questions as an object of judicial review

Právny obzor, 99, 2016, č. 5, s. 421 – 430.

Abstract. Political questions as an object of judicial review. This article is about a role of constitutional courts when an object of judicial review is a political question. It presents arguments, for and against judicial review in such cases, which are divided into three sections – the competency issue, the legitimacy issue and the issue of arbitrariness. In the first section, there is a dispute whether deciding political questions breaches separation of powers, or rather fulfills the principle of checks and balances. In the second section is raised a question about legitimacy – does judicial review break the majority rule, or can we refer to citizens acceptance of constitutional standards (set of constitutional values/ principles and their protection by constitutional court). In the third section, the author think about vagueness of constitutional text and its consequences for judicial review – are judges’ considerations really arbitrary, or they are bound by a line of previous decisions and by necessity to find legal, not political answers. The author points to the fact that a case, which at first looks like a political question, may have potential to affect constitutional values and principles. Due to this fact, the author tries to outline a border between „political“ and „legal“ consideration, while she uses examples from existing decisions of constitutional court. The article is aimed to show that constitutional courts, in some point of view, ought to decide also political questions and for that reason is necessary to create clear rules and procedures.

Key words: constitutional court, judicial review, political questions, separation of

ISSN 2729-9228

ISSN 0032-6984


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