This paper examines the extent to which EU-driven institutionalisation of the judicial councils has been successfully operationalised to deliver the anticipated results regarding judicial independence as well as the influence of intervening factors such as the determinacy of conditions, historic legacies and informal practices. By analysing the case of Macedonia, it argues that the establishment of judicial councils has not met the normative values and expectations that they were set to achieve through the judicial reforms.
(2) increased exposure of the judiciary to both internal and external pressures induced by newly established institutional avenues,
(3) further compromising of individual independence of judges, and
(4) reduced transparency of judicial self-governance.
Authors of the document are Denis Preshova, Ivan Damjanovski and Zoran Nechev.
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Denis Preshova is Research/teaching assistant, Faculty of Law, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, Doctoral student, Faculty of Law, University of Cologne.
Ivan Damjanovski is Assistant Professor, Political Science Department, Faculty of Law, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje.