Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance

Exploring the Potential of Hidden Dialogue

Genesis, Development and Destiny of an 'Eccentric' Form of Communication

07May2013 13:00 - 14:00


In his presentation, Giuseppe Martinico will explore what he calls 'hidden dialogues', i.e particular forms of judicial dialogues between the ECJ and the Constitutional Courts of the Member States.

This presentation focuses on a particular form of judicial conversation between the European Court of Justice (ECJ) and the national Constitutional Courts, which Giuseppe Martinico calls a ‘hidden dialogue’. With this term he denotes the unexplored side of the relationship between the Constitutional Courts and the ECJ which feeds on somewhat unorthodox avenues of judicial communication, that is, methods of judicial communication other than the preliminary ruling procedure set out in Article 267 TFEU which are not formalised according to the letter of the Treaties.

The speaker will explore the possible destiny of these alternative modes of judicial conversations (including dual preliminarity) in the current context which has been characterized by the progressive acceptance of the preliminary ruling mechanism by many Constitutional Courts.

The speaker

Giuseppe Martinico is currently García Pelayo Fellow at the Centro de Estudios Politicos y Constitucionales (CEPC), Madrid and Lecturer (on leave) at the Scuola Superiore S.Anna, Pisa. He is also affiliated with the Centre for Judicial Cooperation (CJC) recently set up at the European University Institute, Florence.


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