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Publications

Manipulating Courts in New Democracies

Release date: September 29th, 2017 When can the Executive manipulate the composition of a Court? What political factors explain judicial instability on the bench? Using original …

Judicial Politics in Mexico. The Supreme Court and the Transition to Democracy

Andrea Castagnola, Steering Committee Member and Coordinator of Judicial Independence Unit, have together with Saul Lopez Noriega edited the book “Judicial Politics in Mexico. The …

El rol de la Suprema Corte en la Consolidación Democrática de México

A recently edited book that examines the role of the Mexican Supreme Court in the transition to democracy.

The Child’s Opinion and Position in Care Order Proceedings

Marit Skivenes has together with Anne-Mette Magnussen published an article on “The Child’s Opinion and Position in Care Order Proceedings: An Analysis of Judicial Discretion …

Judicial Instability and Endogenous Constitutional Change: Lessons from Latin America

Andrea Castagnola has together with Aníbal Pérez-Liñán published an article on Judicial Instability and Endogenous Constitutional Change in Latin America.

Projects

Women on the Bench: The Role of Female Judges in Fragile States

A team of LawTransform researchers lead by Elin Skaar (Chr. Michelsen Institute) has been awarded a grant from the Norwegian Research Council to investigate  ”Women …

Political Fragmentation and Judicial Independence: An empirical study of Unconstitutional Actions in Paraguay 1995-2015

Congratulations to Andrea Castagnola, Anibal Perez Linan and “Desarrollo, Instituto de Capacitacion y Estudios” for the recently awarded a two-years research fund to study judicial voting …

The Mexican Supreme Court and the Transition to Democracy

After more than 70 years of uninterrupted authoritarian government headed by the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), in 2000 the country formally began the transition to …

Manipulating Courts in New Democracies. Forcing Judges off the Bench in Argentina

This is a solo book manuscrit to by published by Routledge 2017. Abstract: When do a justice leave office? Typically, a justice with life tenure would …

Democratization and the Judiciary

This book project investigates the extent to which courts in Latin America and Africa have been able to say ‘no’ when the executive branch has overstepped …