Trustees or Agents? The appointment and ideological orientations of the judges at the Court of Justice of the EU


The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) lies at the heart of European integration. Its rulings have considerable political repercussions. CJEU scholarship examined the Court’s impact on integration and policy-making, the opportunities it affords to various actors, and its independence from member states; but it largely neglected the appointment of CJEU judges and their policy preferences. The project analyses appointments as expressions of a principal agent or trustee relationship between Court and member states.

Project Lead: Henning Deters (Profile)
Funding: Austrian Science Fund (FWF) (Stand-alone-Projects)
Duration: 2021-2024