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Comparative Judicial Systems

Learn to analyze and evaluate judicial power. Explore the relationship between courts and the political environment and discover its affect on the the transformations of contemporary political systems.

Comparative Judicial Systems

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Starts Jul 28
Ends Dec 31
Estimated 5 weeks
5–8 hours per week
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About this course

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Today, an increasing number of democratic countries are confronting an unprecedented expansion of judicial power: more and more frequently decision-making rights are transferred from the legislative and executive branches to the courts, a process successfully labeled as the “judicialization of politics”.
The course analyzes the traits of the phenomenon and its impact on the political system. Therefore, the role of the judge in the process of adjudication and the whole structure of the judicial system are considered. Specific attention is devoted to the recruitment, training and independence of judges and prosecutors and to the institutional relationships between courts and the political environment. Different definitions of the judicial role are analyzed and their political consequences assessed. Examples of judicialization are considered and discussed. Finally, the course evaluates the overall role of courts in different political systems and considers future developments.

The course addresses itself to master (LM) students in political science and/or law and to anyone interested in the analysis of the transformations of contemporary political systems.

At a glance

  • Institution: FedericaX
  • Subject: Law
  • Level: Introductory
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Language: English
  • Video Transcripts: English, Italiano

What you'll learn

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  • The role of the judge in the process of adjudication and the whole structure of the judicial system
  • The main elements of the judicial systems and their interactions
  • The relations between the courts and the political environment
  • Perspectives of change and possible reforms in different political contexts
  • The transformations of contemporary political systems

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