Research Handbook on the Ombudsman
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Research Handbook on the Ombudsman

Edited by Marc Hertogh and Richard Kirkham

The public sector ombudsman has become one of the most important administrative justice institutions in many countries around the world. This international and interdisciplinary Research Handbook brings together leading scholars and practitioners to discuss the state-of-the-art of ombudsman research. It uses new empirical studies and competing theoretical explanations to critically examine important aspects of the ombudsman’s work. This comprehensive Handbook is of value to academics designing future ombudsman studies and practitioners and policymakers in understanding the future challenges of the ombudsman.
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Chapter 9: The rule of law in the European Union: standards of the ombudsman, judge, and auditor

Alex Brenninkmeijer and Emma van Gelder


The rule of law is one of the fundamental values on which the European Union is built. The EU ensures its upholding through various means and the EU institutions play an essential role in this process. This chapter focuses on the roles of the Court of Justice of the European Union, the European Ombudsman and the European Court of Auditors in upholding the rule of law. To this end, the chapter analyses the institutions’ different mandates, standards, outputs and possible impact, and subsequently provides a comparative overview of how these institutions create a complementary framework for the safeguard of the rule of law in the EU.

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