A perfect storm: the extraordinary constitutional attack against the Istanbul Convention in Bulgaria

Vassileva, Radosveta ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7118-3949 (2022) A perfect storm: the extraordinary constitutional attack against the Istanbul Convention in Bulgaria. Osteuropa Recht, 68 (1) . pp. 78-96. ISSN 0030-6444 [Article] (doi:10.5771/0030-6444-2022-1-78)

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On 27 July 2018, Bulgaria’s Constitutional Court delivered a judgment declaring the Istanbul Convention ‘incompliant’ with the country’s Constitution. This article examines the origin and nature of the extraordinary constitutional attack against this convention in Bulgaria which can be described as a ‘perfect storm’ – diverse, unrelated factors concurred and conditioned an event with long-lasting repercussions that are difficult to overcome. It first analyses the political context which permitted a misinformation campaign and motivated Boyko Borissov’s GERB party to seek a constitutional review of the document. Then, it explains why the method of appointing judges in Bulgaria’s Constitutional Court and the particularities of its jurisdiction make this institution susceptible to political influences. After critically evaluating the questionable legal reasoning in the actual decision, the article explores its consequences. Among them, the most notable damage concerns the current legal impossibility to ratify the Istanbul Convention in Bulgaria. At this stage, the country can only count on piecemeal legislative solutions to introduce to Bulgarian legislation the spirit of relevant provisions of the convention that have not been contested.

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Research Areas: A. > School of Law
Item ID: 34838
Notes on copyright: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article first published by Nomos in Osteuropa Recht, the final published version is available at: http://doi.org/10.5771/0030-6444-2022-1-78
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Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2022 11:25
Last Modified: 11 Sep 2023 01:02
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/34838

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