Marta Cartabia

  • Constitutional Courts and Democracy: Italy, Israel, Poland, and Hungary
  • In dialogue

Democracy versus the rule of law: Around the world, constitutional courts are coming under pressure from populist movements. In Europe, EU institutions are trying to counter this, but democracy and the rule of law are increasingly being pitted against each other. Marta Cartabia, former Italian justice minister, and Armin von Bogdandy, director of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg, talk about this. Cartabia is considered an expert on international law and the integration of European and national constitutional systems. She explains why constitutional courts are crucial actors in democracy and why they are increasingly under attack.

Prof. Dr. Marta Cartabia is one of the leading constitutional lawyers and in 2019 she became the first woman to be elected President of the Italian Constitutional Court. In this role, she gave its jurisprudence a more European orientation and substantially expanded its public presence. As Minister of Justice in the Draghi government, she helped launch a fundamental reform of the judiciary.

Language: English

In cooperation with the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

In the series Democracy

Foto: Foto: Max Allegritti CC-BY-SA

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