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Between Procedural Impermeability and Constitutional Openness: The Italian Constitutional Court and Preliminary References to the European Court of Justice
European Law Journal (2010)
  • Filippo Fontanelli, Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies
  • Giuseppe Martinico
Abstract
On 15 April 2008, the Italian Constitutional Court (ICC) raised for the first time a preliminary question to the European Court of Justice (ECJ). This decision (see judgment No 102/2008 and order No 103/2008) represented a turning point in the ICC's case-law, and calls for a careful assessment of the motives backing such revirement as well as of the legal reasoning that the Italian judges used to wrap it up without repudiating their previous case-law. In addition to this preliminary analysis, the aim of this essay is to explore two themes: i) the developments of the ICC's case-law as regards the role of Community Law and the ECJ, and ii) the appraisal of the interplay between the ICC and the ECJ in the light of the notion of ‘interpretive competition’.
Keywords
  • Preliminary ruling mechanism,
  • Italian Constitutional Court,
  • EU Law
Disciplines
Publication Date
May 1, 2010
Citation Information
Filippo Fontanelli and Giuseppe Martinico. "Between Procedural Impermeability and Constitutional Openness: The Italian Constitutional Court and Preliminary References to the European Court of Justice" European Law Journal Vol. 16 Iss. 3 (2010)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/giuseppe_martinico/17/