Lee Epstein
Washington University in St. Louis



(Monday, 18th May 2015)

Title : Why We Should Study Judicial Behavior

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My lecture will focus on judicial behavior---an area of study that now intrigues economists, political scientists, psychologists, and legal academics worldwide. After introducing the field and important institutional features of legal systems, I'll consider several substantive topics including: the individual judge, the collegial court, and judicial selection.

Bibliographical references :

Lee Epstein, William M. Landes & Richard A. Posner. 2013. The Behavior of Federal Judges: A Theoretical and Empirical Study of Rational Choice. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Lee Epstein, William M. Landes & Richard A. Posner. 2011. “Why (and When) Judges Dissent.” Journal of Legal Analysis 3:101-137.

Christina L. Boyd, Lee Epstein & Andrew D. Martin. 2010. “Untangling the Causal Effect of Sex on Judging.” American Journal of Political Science 54: 389-411.