Univ of Toronto Pr
The global expansion in judicial power has led to a growing interest in the way judges are chosen. Reform of the judicial selection process is on the political agenda in many countries but the nature of that process differs according to the type of process used - whether a career judiciary, an elected judiciary (direct and indirect), appointment by the executive, or a hybrid system.
The main aim of this volume is to analyse common issues arising from increasing judicial power in the context of different political and legal systems, including those in North America, Africa, Europe, Australia, and Asia. The contributors seek to assess the strengths and weaknesses of structural and procedural reforms being proposed or implemented. Particularly important issues include the growing pressure to rethink the balance between judicial independence and accountability and the growing recognition of the importance of selecting judiciaries with a greater diversity in composition.
Edited by Kate Malleson and Peter H. Russell, the volume marks the first time an analysis of judicial selection in such a wide range of different systems has been undertaken. It will interest anyone concerned with the global shift of political power toward the judiciary.
Sufian Hemed Bukurura
Leny De Groot
Francois du Bois
Peter H. Russell
The main aim of this volume is to analyse common issues arising from increasing judicial power in the context of different political and legal systems, including those in North America, Africa, Europe, Australia, and Asia.Book News
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. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)