Judicial ideology at the Austrian Constitutional Court

Since the Austrian Constitutional Court’s (ACC) establishment 100 years ago, its decisions on controversial matters have regularly sparked broad social debates underlining their political implications. Despite the ACC’s crucial part in shaping Austria’s legal landscape, the individual judges’ impact in taking those decisions has remained behind the curtain in public perception. A recent legislative proposal stipulating the possibility to publish separate opinions has sparked public discussion on their role of constitutional judges once more. While media picks up the issues of the ACC judges’ ideology, legal scholarship has neglected to address this topic in depth. The paper analyses several factors including professional background or gender of the involved judges as well as the appointment procedure and how they may influence the ACC’s decision-making and provide insights for future discussions regarding Austria’s system of constitutional adjudication.