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Is There An “Italian Style” In Constitutional Adjudication?
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The article, taking inspiration from the recently published book “Constitutional Adjudication in Global Context” by Barsotti, Carozza, Cartabia and Simoncini, deals with the question whether there is an “Italian style” in constitutional adjudication will be explored. In order to answer to the above mentioned question, the paper focuses on the internal and external challenges to the emerging and consolidation of the Italian Court’ crucial position in Italian constitutional landscape. The main idea behind the paper is that such challenges favored the rise and the growth, in the constitutional case law, of a judicial style that is, in a way, “by design” aimed at fostering the relational dimension and at allowing the Italian Court to adapt (and to adjust) its strategy depending on the evolution of the relevant context. Thanks to a sort of “internal unchosen training”, the Italian Constitutional Court has been able to find itself well trained and more prepared than other European courts to play a key role in the current period of cooperative constitutionalism in Europe.

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