About the website

This website is born out of a passion for judicial studies and jurisprudence. It aims to present latest news, opportunities, papers, calls, and events for those who care about judges, judicial behaviour, education and policymaking. Until now centralisation of these topics has been scarce, and this website aims to fill the gap and bring together a community of jurists, philosophers, scientists, educators, policymakers and everyone who is interested in judicial studies. It sometimes touches on tangent disciplines and topics in view of a holistic approach to judicial philosophy.

If you wish to contribute useful information to this website please send your announcement via contact@judicialphilosophy.info, mentioning the title, description, link, date and location (for events), as well as your name and affiliation. This website is new – it was created on April 4th 2012 – so any feedback or encouragement is greatly appreciated!

About the team

joined the UCL Laws faculty as an MPhil/PhD candidate in January 2012 and as a Teaching Fellow in Judicial Studies since October 2012, working under the supervision of Professor Cheryl Thomas (UCL). She is also kindly guided by Professor Frederick Schauer (Virginia). Ever since she studied philosophy she was fascinated by judges – by their power, discretion and responsibility towards the society at large. Diana’s research aims to inform jurisprudential work in judicial decision making by looking at other disciplines such as neuroscience, psychology, sociology and law that could bring fresh interdisciplinary insights useful to the development of a more accurate analysis of the judicial role. She has recently been awarded a UCL Faculty Research Scholarship for her excellent results and academic potential.

Apart from the academic endeavours, Diana has been involved in educational NGO projects for the past 7 years, where she is passionate about issues of youth employability, non-formal education, and the development of generic skills. She managed 4 mentoring projects and is familiar with the power of online environments in shaping interpersonal interaction, building communities, popularizing intellectual work, as well as influencing learning and personal development. See more at http://ucl.academia.edu/DianaRichards


Cristina is a Law school graduate with an LL.B. granted by the University of Bucharest Faculty of Law and a bachelor thesis in criminal law. She has also graduated from the Bachelor + Level 1 Master at the French-Romanian Juridical College, a programme emerging from a partnership between the University of Bucharest Faculty of Law and Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne.

She previously collaborated with the Romanian Superior Council of Magistracy and the Romanian NGO “SoJust”. Thanks to this experience, Cristina has developed a particular interest in Human Rights. This made her to pursue a specialised Master’s programme in the Protection of Human Rights in Europe at Strasbourg University (2013-2014). Currently a collaborator of the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cristina is practising hands-on human rights issues relevant in the Romanian society, within the office of the Agent of the Government before the European Court of Human Rights.

Cristina joined the JudicialPhilosophy team in November 2012. Find out more about her at http://www.linkedin.com/pub/cristina-ursu/60/b51/373 or http://unibuc.academia.edu/CristinaUrsu

Past team members

Irina Elyzabeth joined the Judicial Philosophy team at the end of April 2012 as Content Editor and worked for us for 7 months. She graduated in July 2012 with a bachelor in laws at the Romanian-American University, with a dissertation in criminal law.

Apart from her interest in the legal field, Irina Elyzabeth has proven impressive managerial skills, gift of the gab and an inspiring energy and enthusiasm in all her projects. Despite being young, she has more than 6 years of work experience in the private and public sectors, at various levels. In 2011/2012 she helped manage Iurispedia.ro – the main project developed by the highest judicial appointment and management institution in her home country (the Romanian Superiour Council of Magistracy) dedicated to disseminating the main legislative changes due to the implementation of the new civil code in Romania.  She was responsible for recruiting and managing a team of interns, communicating with stakeholders, and producing content on each civil code article.

Since August 2012, Irina moved to London and began an MBA at the London School of Commerce, along with working as an Office Manager and Front of House for several IT startups. She would make an excelent legal secretary or clerk. See more on http://uk.linkedin.com/in/irinaelyzabeth or @irinaelyzabeth

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