What decides how judges rule?

Venue: Auditorium 4, Faculty of Law, UiB

Time: 18:00-20:00

This session looks at what we know about what influences judges’ decisions. Focus is on cases concerning politically sensitive questions such as freedom of expression, or gendered issues such as rape. We also discuss the process of ‘constructing a victim’. What is a ‘good victim’ in terms of winning a case? How victims are represented in trials, in the media – and in academic work –  raises the issue of agency. Sometimes the “ideal victim profile” can deny victims agency, and hamper their political involvement. This is the case in relation to rape trials, but also for transitional justice processes and various forms of public interest litigation.

  • Judging Speech Rights cases. Introduction by Tom Keck (Syracuse University) and Anine Kierulf (NIM, Norwegian National Human Rights Institution)

Comments by Jon Kåre Skiple (University of Bergen).

  • Gendered judging. Introduction by Silje Synnøve Lyder Hermansen (PluriCourts, University of Oslo)
  • How to construct a good victim? Introduction by tbc* and Ana Cristina Gonzales (University of Rio de Janeiro)

Followed by reception & social event in the CMI canteen (Open to all subject to space – please register at post@lawtransform.no)