Article: ‘Gender stereotypes and attitudes within the judiciary of Bosnia and Herzegovina: a case for increased awareness and education’, by H. Huhtanen and M. Halilović

Judges, prosecutors, attorneys and other court personnel bring their academic training, professional experience, legal diligence and good intentions to their work; they also bring their values, beliefs and opinions. The concept of gender is among those strongly influenced by cultural Read more ›

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Article: ‘Vouching for the Court? How High Stakes Affect Knowledge and Support of the Supreme Court’, by M. Humphries Ginn, K. Searles and A. Jones

Building on the geographic constituency theory of awareness of Supreme Court decisions, we conducted a panel survey in Cleveland, Ohio before and after Zelman v. Simmons-Harris, which upheld state-funded vouchers in religious schools. We found several characteristics predict awareness: news Read more ›

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Article: ‘Written Justifications of Judgments of Utrecht District Court: An Empirical Study on the Relationship between Case Characteristics and Text Characteristics’, by P. Langbroek, M. van der Velde and T. van der Linden

The primary function of written judgments is to legitimize the decision of the court. In the Netherlands, the judiciary perceives a gap between itself and the general public. Laypeople seem to understand little of the work of the courts. An Read more ›

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Article: ‘Creating EU law judges: the role of generational differences, legal education and judicial career paths in national judges’ assessment regarding EU law knowledge’, by J.A. Mayoral Diaz-Asensio, U. Jaremba and T. Nowak

The judicial protection system in the European Union (EU) is premised on the fact that national judges are supposed to act as decentralized EU judges. This role is exercised through tools enshrined in, inter alia, primacy, direct and indirect effect Read more ›

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Article: ‘Setting the Agenda of the United States Supreme Court? Organized Interests and the Decision to File an Amicus Curiae Brief at Cert’, by K. Zuber, U. Sommer and J. Parent

Past research indicates that amicus briefs influence the Supreme Court’s decision to issue a writ of certiorari; however, we know relatively little about the reasons that lead interest groups to file such briefs. We seek to explain how organized interests Read more ›

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