Volume 51 (2014) / Issue 2
Tomáš Dumbrovský, Bilyana Petkova, Marijn Van Der Sluis, 'Judicial appointments: The Article 255 TFEU Advisory Panel and selection procedures in the Member States' (2014) 51 Common Market Law Review, Issue 2, pp. 455–482
This article assesses recent reforms of the appointment procedure for members of the Court of Justice and the General Court. We evaluate the effects of the establishment of the Article 255 TFEU Panel. Next to a discussion on the transparency of the Panel's opinions, the criteria set and the role it plays in reappointments, we present case studies of the selection procedure in fourteen Member States, representing new and old, and small and large Member States. Our analysis shows that far from being a paper tiger, the Article 255 TFEU Panel has proven to have a significant impact: it has had a chilling effect on a number of national nominations but also indirectly influenced the selection processes in some Member States, thus limiting arbitrariness. However, opening up judicial appointments to scrutiny at both the EU and the national level has resulted in a subtle move into the direction of judicial self-government.
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