Daniel Beers, "Building Democratic Courts from the Inside Out: Judicial Autonomy and the Rule of Law in Postcommunist Eastern Europe"
- Author: Russian and East European Institute
- Number of episodes: 1
- Web site: http://www.iub.edu/~reeiweb/events/2009/beers.pdf
Much of the debate about the rule of law in democratizing states centers on formal institutional design as the key to building a democratic judiciary. Drawing on original field research including more than 300 judicial surveys and interviews in Romania and the Czech Republic, I argue that the autonomy of judges in these transitioning democracies reflects a host of factors outside the purview of formal institutional rule--including the personal values and experiences of individual judges, materi