International and Comparative Law & Courts

Comparative and international law and courts scholarship is a relatively recent addition to the public law subfield, and its growing prominence has highlighted the dynamic interactions of international and domestic legal spaces and emphasized the complex relationships of law and political systems across the world. Yet, scholars in these areas are often isolated from each other, in part due to the international scope of where these research communities reside and the wide range of journals within which their scholarship can be found. This isolation is problematic in that it can be difficult to locate and connect with scholars who share similar interests, to build collaborative research projects and coauthorships, to identify possible research and career opportunities, to form networks of mentorship and sponsorship for junior scholars and graduate students, and to locate appropriate referees for manuscript submissions. 

To remedy this, we developed the International and Comparative Law & Courts group, a collaborative network where scholars studying law and courts around the world can interact. This network offers a platform to coordinate junior and senior scholars from around the world to engage in collaboration, mentorship, networking, and research feedback. It welcomes scholars who study international law and courts, transitional justice, transnational courts, and criminal justice systems, among others. As such, we define the study of law and legal systems broadly so as to offer an inclusive space for all scholars. We also hope that this space will help graduate students and prospective graduate students to identify and pursue their research and career interests.

This group consists of a Facebook group, a directory, Twitter account, and a listserv. If you, or someone you know, may be interested in joining this group (or would like more information), please contact Dr. Rebecca Reid at Interested parties do not have to have Facebook accounts to join the directory of scholars or the listserv. To be included in the directory, email Dr. Rebecca Reid your name, preferred pronoun, area(s) of expertise, country location, email, and website link. This directory will aid scholars to locate and contact scholars outside of social media platforms, and it will assist in the creation of a public website to enable media, editors, students, etc. to search and identify scholars within certain areas of expertise.

Special thanks to Dr. Monica Lineberger for creating the listserv via University of Wisconsin-Whitewater!

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Follow us on Twitter: @LawComparative


Junior Law and Politics Research Community

Bimonthly hour-long virtual research presentations and discussion for junior scholars in law and courts. Organized and hosted by Dr. Sivaram Cheruvu ( Features Bullet Talks (informal presentations representing early-stage projects and research ideas) as well as full Public Law Panels (representing more formal conference presentations with manuscript dissemination and feedback/discussion from discussants and audience).

Global Law & Politics Network Workshop Wednesdays

This hour long workshop will occur the first Wednesday of each month and feature lively discussions regarding works in progress and research designs. This initiative grows out of a collaborative NSF Law & Science funded project Building Convergent Research Communities in Global Legal Studies awarded to Dr. Daniel M. Brinks (, Dr. Rachel A. Cichowski (, and Dr. Jeffrey K. Staton (, who organize this research community workshop series.



PluriCourts studies the legitimacy of international courts and tribunals (ICs) from legal, political science and philosophical perspectives. The centre explores the normative, legal and empirical soundness of charges of illegitimacy, to understand and assess how ICs do, could and should respond. PluriCourts explores the multidimensional legitimacy standards  which include multilevel separation of authorityindependence and accountabilityperformance and comparative advantages.


Twitter: @PluriCourts


JUDICON-EU is an international comparative research project that aims to map the diversity and measure the strength of judicial decisions, as well as explain judicial behavior vis-á-vis the legislative branch in Europe. Based on the dataset containing all relevant decisions of the European constitutional courts between 1990 and 2020, the project will be able to test quantitatively various models of judicial behavior like the attitudinal model, internal or external strategist models. The JUDICON-EU project’s comprehensive dataset will allow the participants and external researchers to give a clue to judicial behavior in Europe. JUDICON-EU is a joint project of the National University of Public Service and the Centre for Social Sciences (HAS Centre of Excellence). It is funded by the National University of Public Service for the time period 2020-2022.


Institute for African Women in Law

Since being established in 2015, The Institute has grown into an organization with a dynamic team of passionate individuals committed to our vision and mission to grow into a global organization dedicated to using the law for positive societal change and development. We are enhancing the capacity of women for positive change through out building a network of legal professionals devoted to using the law as a tool for positive societal change and development.