NSF-Funded Conference

Conference on Facilitating Empirical Studies of Judicial Behavior on Constitutional Courts from a Comparative Perspective

Texas A&M University School of Law
Fort Worth, Texas
May 11-12, 2018

The Texas A&M University School of Law Program in Law and Social Science is hosting an NSF-funded conference on “Facilitating Empirical Studies of Judicial Behavior on Constitutional Courts from a Comparative Perspective” on May 11-12, 2018. The conference will bring together an interdisciplinary group of scholars who study high courts from a comparative perspective. Our goal is to develop a path forward for larger-scale empirical research on national high courts. We hope to assemble a collection of existing data and resources, discuss strategies for extending data availability and comparability across national systems, and encourage collaborations among researchers. For more information, please contact Nuno Garoupa.

The conference is funded by the National Science Foundation (Grant SES 1744299)Learn more about the NSF grant.

The conference is hosted by Texas A&M University School of Law in Fort Worth. It is organized by:
  • Nuno Garoupa, professor of law at Texas A&M University School of Law
  • Lydia Tiede, associate professor of political science at the University of Houston
  • Rebecca Gill, Director-designate of the Women's Research Institute of Nevada and associate professor of political science at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Confirmed participants include political scientists, economists, sociologists and legal scholars such as, among others:
 Joshua Fischman  Lewis Kornhauser  Tom Ginsburg
 Clifford Carrubba  Christopher Zorn  Julio Ríos Figueroa
 Diana Kapiszewski  Jeff Staton  Sunita Parikh
 Melinda Gann Hall  Rachel Stern  Rebecca Reid
 Chris Hanretty  Aylin Aydin-Cakir  Russel Smyth
 Lori Hausegger  Pedro Magalhaes  Arthur Dyevre
 Amanda Driscoll  Dan Brinks  Dominique Lewis
 Rachel Cichowski  Lee Walker  Bethany Blackstone
 Maryam Stevenson  Chien-Chih Lin  Carolina Arlota
At the moment, eight doctoral candidates have also confirmed their participation in the conference.

Tentative Schedule

  • Friday, May 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

​A detailed schedule will be available shortly.