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The US Supreme Court is currently experiencing a significant decrease in public approval, as are several courts in many other parts of the world, such as the Israel Supreme Court and top courts in various Eastern European countries. At the same time, in certain other parts of the world, such as Western Europe, constitutional courts persist as well integrated and are widely perceived as trustworthy guarantors of workable checks and balances. The Colloquium will explore what accounts for these differences and whether the various crises concerning judicial review arise from similar or different types of circumstances. To what extent are judicial appointment and length of highest court judges’ terms in office a significant factor in the exacerbation or avoidance of contemporary crises? What role do controversies in judicial interpretation, disputes concerning the nature and scope of fundamental rights protection, increased political polarization, the hardening of divides among proponents of religious lifestyles and those committed to secularism, the finality of judicial decisions, and the levels of difficulty in amending the relevant constitution play in the context of the proliferation and containment of the aforementioned issues? What options may be available to mitigate or resolve these difficulties?


Constitutional Law | Law | Legal Education | Supreme Court of the United States

The 2024 Cardozo Colloquium on Global and Constitutional Theory