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Europe’s Rich Diversity – 27 Different Countries on the Bench: How Differences Matter in the Decision Making

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This chapter helps to understand the inner workings of the CJEU and how the differences are moulded together in order to come to one common legal finding. It is divided in to two parts. In the first part, it looks at the individual backgrounds of the members of court and how they affect the decision making. In its second part, it looks at the general influence of different legal families. Prior vocation affected the work of the Court more than legal family. The statement of being nationality blind is true for the composition of benches and seems to hold true as regards the influence of national legal background to the discussions. CJEU judges are highly sensitive towards outside reception and acceptance of their legal understanding. It was one of sincerely interested judges that are engaged and curious and rather passionate about their work.

Keywords: CJEU judges; decision making; legal families; legal traditions



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