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Call for Papers

***The CfP is now closed. However, you can still join the OxonCourts 1st Judicial Studies Graduate Colloquium, 1 March 2019, at Wolfson College, University of Oxford as a guest. The event is free, but registration is required. To register, please email oxoncourts@law.ox.ac.uk.***

Recent years have seen an increasing interest in the role of courts, judges and the legal profession more widely in the social sciences. The traditional focus on judicial behaviour in the US has given way to a greater geographical, methodological and theoretical diversity of research on these questions. The growth of the research field has been spurred by an increase in politically salient and contested court decisions even in countries with a traditionally apolitical judiciary, such as the UK.

The first OxonCourts Judicial Studies Graduate Colloquium at Wolfson College, University of Oxford, aims to give graduate students working on this field the opportunity to share and discuss their research, in particular work in its early stages, across disciplines.

We welcome contributions

  • by doctoral students from all disciplines within the social sciences, including political science, sociology, law, economics, and history,

  • that investigate the social and political role and impact of domestic and international courts, their legitimacy, the ideational, attitudinal and institutional factors shaping the behaviour of judges, and the use of legal instruments by social and political actors,

  • and are of an empirical and/or theoretical nature, but not purely doctrinal or legal case notes.

The Colloquium is conceived as a day-long event with three-panel sessions and about twelve participants in total. There is no participation charge and a lunch in Hall will be provided. A limited amount of travel bursaries for self-funded graduate students is available. The event is organized by OxonCourts, a student-led platform for researchers and graduate students with an interest in courts, judges, and the judiciary at the University of Oxford, and generously supported by Wolfson College and the Political Studies Association’s Early Career Network.

Doctoral students interested in participating are invited to send a title and abstract (300 words max.) of their proposal to the student convenors - Filip Bubenheimer, Simon Drugda and Etienne Hanelt at oxoncourts@law.ox.ac.uk by 11th January 2019. Please indicate if you would like to be considered for travel funding. Invitations will be sent by 18th January. Participants will be expected to send their papers one week before the colloquium.