Research Handbook on Law and Courts
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Research Handbook on Law and Courts

Edited by Susan M. Sterett and Lee D. Walker

The Research Handbook on Law and Courts provides a systematic analysis of new work on courts as governing institutions. Authors consider how courts have taken on regulating fundamental categories of inclusion and exclusion, including citizenship rights. Courts’ centrality to governance is addressed in sections on judicial processes, sub-national courts, and political accountability, all analyzed in multiple legal/political systems. Other chapters turn to analyzing the worldwide push for diversity in staffing courts. Finally, the digitization of records changes both court processes and studying courts. Authors included in the Handbook discuss theoretical, empirical and methodological approaches to studying courts as governing institutions. They also identify promising areas of future research.
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Chapter 13: Gender on the international bench

Laura P. Moyer


In this chapter, I lay out a research agenda for studying gender on the international bench, beginning with a discussion of the normative arguments raised related to increasing women’s presence on international courts and tribunals. I then highlight empirical findings from research on domestic courts around the world that may have implications for the study of international judicial institutions. Specifically, I focus on four areas of research: gender and decision-making norms, court culture and leadership, deliberation and oral arguments, and intersectionality. The chapter concludes by identifying several obstacles that have hindered systematic research into gender and international courts and offering examples of innovative research that has promise for overcoming these obstacles.

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