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Selecting Europe's JudgesA Critical Review of the Appointment Procedures to the European Courts$
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Michal Bobek

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198727781

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198727781.001.0001

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The Real Test–How to Contribute to a Better Justice

The Real Test–How to Contribute to a Better Justice

The Experience of the Civil Service Tribunal

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(p.86) 4 The Real Test–How to Contribute to a Better Justice
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Selecting Europe's Judges
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Georges Vandersanden

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198727781.003.0005

In this chapter, a former member of the Civil Service Tribunal Selection Committee reflects on the experience of successive selection committees since 2005. First, the specific nature of the CST Committee and the CST itself, which pre-determine the Committee’s operation, are outlined. Second, experience of the successive committees is critically examined, in particular in relation to the question of the professional background of the candidates and the criterion of nationality. Third, some final considerations on the candidates’ background and motivation are offered, together with perhaps the most important question: what in fact is the sort of good judge that a judicial selection committee should be looking for?

Keywords:   Civil Service Tribunal, Selection Committee, criteria, nationality, legal secretaries, definition of merit, renewal of a mandate, professional background of candidates

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