Multi-user databases on judicial decision-making: From experience to best practices.

The workshop will bring together the experience gathered in a number of recent and ongoing database projects related to courts: domestic (Israel, Norway, Costa Rica, Germany, USA, Sweden), international (CJEU, ECtHR, IACtHR, Investment Treaty Arbitration) and comparative (V-Dem). Some projects are well established, others recently completed, ongoing or just taking off. Among the latter is the Court of Justice of the EU Database Project, initiated by Daniel Naurin, Urška Sadl, Johan Lindholm, Anna Wallerman and other collaborators. Our interest is to harvest the expertise and develop best practices in database construction, development and dissemination through discussion and critical assessment.

The workshop will discuss how to access and code court data, which variables to include in multi-user databases, what problems to anticipate, opportunities to exploit, how to publish and communicate the data. We are also interested in discussing more general issues, such as how to make the database relevant to both political scientists and legal scholars, how to strike the balance between nuance, costeffectiveness and reliability, and how to deal with legal and ethical aspects of collecting and publishing data on judges and court cases.

Invited participants and database projects

  • Daniel Behn and Runar Lie on PLURICOURTS INVESTMENT TREATY DATABASE (PITAD)
  • Lee Epstein on the US SUPREME COURT DATABASE
  • Gunnar Grendstad on THE NORWEGIAN SUPREME COURT DATABASE
  • Thomas Gschwend and Benjamin Engst on THE GERMAN FEDERAL CONSTITUTIONAL COURT
  • Johan Lindholm, Mattias Derlén and Daniel Naurin on THE SWEDISH HIGH COURTS DATABASE
  • Jeff Staton on THE V-DEM PROJECT
  • Øyvind Stiansen and Daniel Naurin on PLURICOURTS INTER-AMERICAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS DATABASE
  • Jorge Vargas Cullell on THE COSTA RICA JUDICIARY
  • Erik Voeten and Øyvind Stiansen on THE GEORGETOWN-PLURICOURTS EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS DATABASE
  • Keren Weinshall on THE ISREALI SUPREME COURT DATABASE
  • Carolyn Shapiro on CODING COMPLEXITY: LARGE-N COURT DATABASES WITH LEGAL RELEVANCE
  • Mikael Madsen and/or Malcolm Langford on RESTRICTING DATA BASED RESEARCH ON COURTS AND JUDGES
  • Daniel Naurin, Johan Lindholm, Urška Sadl, Anna Wallerman, Silje Hermansen, Stein Arne Brekke, Olof Larsson and more: THE CJEU DATABASE TEAM
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