Dr Oliver Gerstenberg's Publications
(2009) “The Role of the ECJ in the Protection of Fundamental and Social Rights: Economic Constitutionalism or Deliberative Constitutionalism?”, Soziologische Jurisprudenz. Festschrift Gunther Teubner., Callies GP; Fischer-Lescano A (eds.). De Gruyter Recht Berlin.
(2003) “Radikale Rechtsfortbildung im Europaeischen Vertrags- und Haftungsrecht”, Rechtsverfassungsrecht. Festschrift fuer Rudolf Wiethoelter, Teubner CJG (eds.). Rechtsverfassungsrecht. Festschrift fuer Rudolf Wiethoelter.
(2002) “Directly-Deliberative Polyarchy: An Institutional Idea for Europe”, Good Governance and Administration in Europe's Integrated Market, Dehousse R; Joerges C (eds.). Oxford University Press.
(2001) “Private Law, Constitutionalism and the Limits of Judicial Role”, Torture as Tort: Comparative Perspectives on the Development of Transnational Human Rights Litigation, Scott C (eds.). Hart Publishing.
(The Failure of) Public Law and the Deliberative Turn. Oxford University Press, Constitutional Theory Series. [Accepted]
Must popular constitutionalists reject judicial review wholesale? Is a rapprochement between legal and popular constitutionalism possible? Is there an argument to the effect that judicial review—even when exercised by courts “beyond” the democratic state—improves democratic legitimacy overall—and would such an argument be plausible in the European context? Drawing on the European experience, this paper therefore explores conditions of the possibility of such a rapprochement. It argues that judicial review, suitably understood, along the lines of a weak-remedies- or deliberative-experimentalist approach, can be part of an overall regime of deliberative democracy.
(2012) “Negative/Positive Constitutionalism, 'Fair Balance,' and the Problem of Justiciability”, International Journal of Constitutional Law. [accepted paper] [Accepted]
A core objection to the constitutionalization of socio-economic rights focuses on justiciability: courts, it is said, are poorly situated to enforce highly abstract, open-textured socio-economic commitments in the context of particular controversies. The aim of this article is to examine—against the specifically European background—the proposition that experimentalist forms of judicial review can go a long way in allaying justiciability-related concerns about the contextualization of social rights and can serve as a creative device for securing an important role for courts even in domains where they work under obvious institutional constraints. Drawing on the example of the emergence of a new understanding of a principle—of equal treatment irrespective of age in the context of private work- and employment-relations—this paper suggests that “strong,” that is, principled, judicial judgment and experimentalist forms of judicial review go hand in hand. Experimentalism thus opens up a conceptual space for the gradual constitutionalization of socioeconomic rights.
(2010) “Constitutionalising an Overlapping Consensus: the ECJ and the Emergence of a Co-ordinate Constitutional Order”, European Law Journal. 16: 511-550.
(2006) “The Denationalization of Constitutional Law”, Harvard International Law Journal. 47.1: 243-262.
(2005) “Freedom of Conscience in Public Schools”, International Journal of Constitutional Law. 3.1: 94-106.
(2005) “What International Law Should (Not) Become: A Comment on Koskenniemi”, European Journal of International Law. 16.1: 125-130.
(2004) “Private Law and the New European Constitutional Settlement”, European Law Journal. 10.6: 766-786.
(2002) “Expanding the Constitution Beyond the Court: The Case of Euro-Constitutionalism”, European Law Journal. 8.1: 172-192.
(2002) “The New Europe: Part of the Problem, or Part of the Solution to the Problem?”, Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, Eekelaar J (eds.). 22.3: 563-572.
Review of "Governing in Europe" F. Scharpf.
(2001) “Denationalization and the Very Ideas of Democratic Constitutionalism: The Case of the European Community”, Ratio Juris, Pattaro E (eds.). 14.3: 298-325.
(2000) “Justification (and Justifiability) of a Private Law in a Polycontextural World”, Social & Legal Studies. 9.3: pp.421+.
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