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Reforming judicial recruitment and training in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia under EU guidance: implementation without institutionalisation?

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Adam Fagan, Antoaneta Dimitrova

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)221-237
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of European Integration
Volume41
Issue number2
Early online date23 Jan 2019
DOIs
Accepted/In press9 Jan 2019
E-pub ahead of print23 Jan 2019
Published17 Feb 2019

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Abstract

How successful is the EU at institutionalising judicial reforms in accession countries of the Western Balkans? Does its aid and assistance deliver formal compliance and sustainable institutiona- lisation of new rules and processes? Using a neo-institutionalist approach, we assess the extent to which new EU-supported mea- sures introduced to improve the recruitment and training of judges and public prosecutors in Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina are being implemented and institutionalised. We conclude that whilst there is clear evidence of implementation and a widely-held belief in both countries that judicial training and recruitment are improving as a consequence, the institutionalization of new rules and procedures is a far more complex process. It involves contin- ual negotiation between different domestic actors against a backdrop of perpetual threats to undermine new formal rules.

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