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Her research broadly examines judicial ambition, seeking to both define and quantify this complicated measure. Decades of judicial research assumes that ambition exists, but fails to break down how this phenomenon interacts with or creates other facets of judicial behavior. By furthering our understanding of why and how people seek to become judges, we are better able to understand judicial behavior as a whole. She also studies international courts and criminal prosecutions.
His primary research interests lie at the intersection of international law, comparative law, and empirical legal studies. His research includes mixed methods approaches to examining whether including rights in constitutions improves protection of human rights, documenting the development and enforcement of competition law regimes around the world, studying how bilateral labor agreements can be used to promote international labor migration, and researching how to improve the quality of life in India’s slums. In addition to these international and comparative projects, Adam researches the ideology of the American legal profession, judicial decision making, and how to improve the legal academy.
His research focuses on comparative constitutional law, judicial politics and judicial behavior. Some of his previous work has been about constitutional courts in divided societies, including Bosnia, Northern Ireland, Europe, and Asia. More recently Alex has been researching court curbing, particularly when associated with populist politics.
His research focuses on constitution-making processes, constitutional referenda, comparative constitutionalism, and comparative judicial behavior. In particular, his interests include the effects of public and political party participation in constitution-making processes and minority rights, such as those in Iceland, South Africa, and Brazil.
Alice J. Kang
Her research focuses on women, gender, and politics with a world regional focus on Africa. Specifically, she investigates the role of women’s movements and conservative movements in making women’s rights policy in Niger and traces the rise of women judges on high courts globally. She also examines the effects of external threats on gender bias, women legislative representation, and litigation on women’s rights.
Alison Dundes Renteln
Her research studies international law, human rights, comparative legal systems, Constitutional law and legal and political theory. An expert on cultural rights, including the use of the “cultural defense” in the legal system.
Her research broadly focuses on questions of judicial politics and behavior both in the American and comparative contexts. Of particular interest is how courts and judges operate in different institutional contexts, judicial goals and motivations, and ultimately issues of judicial legitimacy. Her research agenda currently includes qualitatively applying theories of judicial bargaining on the U.S. Supreme Court to understand the expression of legal goals in majority opinions; examining judicial ethics and judicial conduct commissions, including the relationship between judicial ethics offenses and judicial discipline, how the media covers ethics violations, and the electoral implications following judicial misconduct; and, finally, considering decision-making and compliance mechanisms at the European Court of Human Rights.
Her research and teaching interests center on comparative democratic institutions of modern Latin America. Her published and ongoing work considers the institutional architecture of all modern democracies, including elections, executives, legislatures and courts.
Amanda Melillo de Matos
Her research interests center on comparative and qualitative research on the decision-making processes of the Supreme Courts of Brazil, Argentina, and Mexico. She focuses on assessing how their decision-making behavior approaches or distances itself from the ideal of deliberation in constitutional courts, and identifies institutional mechanisms and decision-making practices correlated with decision-making stages of better or worse deliberative performance.
She is an expert in the areas of transparency, justice, institutions, accountability, and fighting corruption. She examines the rule of law in Latin America, including judicial independence and manipulation, as well as gender diversification in high courts. Her background in econometrics has enabled her to combine quantitative research with qualitative research in her areas of expertise.