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Judges as Guardians of Constitutionalism and Human Rights

Judges as Guardians of Constitutionalism and Human Rights

Edited by Martin Scheinin, Helle Krunke and Marina Aksenova

This book considers the many challenges that national and supranational judges have to face when fulfilling their roles as guardians of constitutionalism and human rights. The contributors, both academics and judges, discuss key examples of contemporary challenges to judging – including the nature of courts’ legitimacy and its alleged dependence on public support; the role of judges in upholding constitutional values in the times of transition to democracy, surveillance and the fight against terrorism; and the role of international judges in guaranteeing globally recognized fundamental rights and freedoms.

Chapter 11: The Russian Constitutional Court in international legal dialogues

Bakhtiyar Tuzmukhamedov

Subjects: law - academic, constitutional and administrative law, criminal law and justice, human rights, law and society


Bakhtiyar Tuzmukhamedov, Professor of International Law and Vice-President of the Russian Association of International Law. This chapter explores the role of the Russian Constitutional Court in international legal dialogues. It discusses powers of the Constitutional Court as envisaged in the Constitution and expanded in legislation. It also focuses on possible interfaces that the Court may have with international sources, though some of those interfaces remain hypothetical. Borrowing from other authorities elaborating on typology of judicial dialogues, the chapter suggests some shades to that typology and describes international dialogues the Russian Constitutional Court has been engaged in. The chapter concludes with a speculation about lessons that might be learned from the Court’s own experience gained through international dialogues, as well as from those of foreign jurisdictions.

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