Europeanization of judicial culture in North Macedonia

The paper discusses the shortcomings of EU’s ‘anatomical approach’ in promoting rule of law and judicial reforms in North Macedonia. The EU’s approach to judicial reforms is characterized by emphasis on formal rules and institutions, which has led to circumstances, where the reasons for the lack of sustainable reforms and decrease in the quality of justice have not been properly addressed. These necessitate certain changes and adaptations of the existing judicial culture which would create fertile ground to internalize common values and standards of legal adjudication necessary to sustain Europeanization. The common standards and values are directly related to self-perceptions of judges over their actual role in the system. In order to have a true Europeanization of judicial culture it needs to be framed and tackled in manner which would involve all relevant stake-holders such as the academia in the training of lawyers, the Constitutional court, the media and civil society.