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:
 Amanda Driscoll  Dominique Lewis  Nuno Garoupa
 Arthur Dyevre  Jeffrey Staton  Pedro Magalhães
 Aylin Aydin-Çakir  Joshua Fischman  Rebecca Gill
 Bethany Blackstone  Julio Ríos Figueroa  Rebecca Reid
 Carolina Arlota  Lee Walker  Rhonda Evans
 Chien-Chih Lin  Lewis Kornhauser  Russel Smyth
 Christopher Hanretty  Lori Hausegger  Sunita Parikh
 Christopher Zorn  Lydia Tiede  Tanya Bagashka
 Clifford Carrubba  Maryam Stevenson  Tao Dumas
 Daniel Brinks  Melina Gann Hall  Tom Ginsburg
 Diana Kapiszewski     
At the moment, 11 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.