Court of Justice of the EU
PluriCourts studies the legitimacy, independence, accountability and effectiveness of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). The CJEU is often labeled the most powerful of international courts (ICs), and a template for many of the design features of the wave of post–Cold War ICs.
The CJEU has long been at the center of research and theory development regarding the “legalization” or “judicialization” of world politics. PluriCourts builds and expands on the research conducted by Daniel Naurin and colleagues on judicial decision-making under political constraints. The planned work for 2018-2020 includes using both qualitative and quantitative methods to address questions relating to decision-making within the Court, appointment of judges and the interaction between the Court and EU lawmakers and implementers in the member states. For this purpose, a data base of all EU law, CJEU cases and judges will be constructed.