Without Fear or Favor’: Ensuring Independence and Accountability of Regional Judiciaries in a Globalized system

 Law in the process of globalisation (2018), (стр. 23-48) 

АУТОР: Allan F. Tatham

Е-АДРЕСА: allanftatham@yahoo.co.uk

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DOI: 10.46793/LawPG.023T


The dynamics associated with guaranteeing the judicial independence and accountability of judges sitting on the benches of national and international courts can be seen to be different in many aspects. The guarantee of these two concepts for judiciaries sitting on the courts of regional economic communities could be seen as forming a hybrid of the situation existing on national and international benches. With an increasing numbers of regional courts and the need to find ways of ensuring independence and accountability of their members, regional economic communities have adapted the judicial council model as one aspect of their commitment to these concepts. The present work contextualizes the adaptation of the model within three such regional communities: the Caribbean Community; the European Union; and the Economic Community of West African States. It argues that variations of the judicial council model are an important contribution to establishing some form of judicial independence for the regional bench while acknowledging that the political accountability of such bench tends to remain in the hands of the regional executive rather than of any regional parliamentary assembly.


regional courts, judicial ial independence, judicial accountability, regional integration.


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