Comparative Supreme Court Decision Making Workshop

Sun, 16/12/2018 16:00 to Mon, 17/12/2018 20:30
Room 503, The Maiersdorf Faculty Club, Mount Scopus Campus, Jerusalem

Comparative Supreme Court Decision Making Workshop

December 16-17, 2018

Mt. Scopus, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Beit-Maiersdorf, Room 503

Organized by Keren Weinshall & Lee Epstein


Sunday, December 16, 2018:










Michael Karayanni, Dean, Law Faculty, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Ilana Ritov, Director of the Center for Empirical Studies of Decision Making and the Law




The Israeli Supreme Court Dataset


Chair: Yoav Dotan, Hebrew University of Jerusalem


Keren Weinshall, Hebrew University of Jerusalem & Lee Epstein, Washington University in St. Louis (with Andy Worms)  (Abstract)



Introducing the Israeli Supreme Court Dataset (ISCD)


Reflections on Judicial Datasets in the Age of Big Data:

Justice Daphne Barak-Erez, the Israeli Supreme Court

Adam Liptak, New York Times




Coffee break




Creating Datasets for the Study of Supreme Court Decision Making

Chair: Talia Fisher, Tel Aviv University


Matthew Gabel, Washington University in St. Louis (with Jeff Ziegler)  (Abstract)



Automating the Complaw Database:  Exploring the limits and possibilities of replacing human coders



Comments: Bernard Black, Northwestern University


Gunnar Grendstad, University of Bergen  (Abstract, Full Paper)



Interrupted paper trails. Analyzing decision making on the Norwegian Supreme Court

Comments: Kate Litvak, Northwestern University









Monday, December 17, 2018




Coalition Formation in Supreme Courts


Chair: Gideon Parchomovsky, Hebrew University of Jerusalem


Chris Hanretty, Royal Holloway, University of London (Abstract)



Panel formation on the UK Supreme Court

Comments: Raanan Sulitzeanu-Kenan, Hebrew University of Jerusalem


Yen-Tu Su, Academia Sinica & Chien-chieh Lin, Academia Sinica  (AbstractFull Paper)



Are Taiwan Constitutional Court Justices Political?

Comments: Adi Leibovitch, Hebrew University of Jerusalem


Nuno Garoupa, George Mason University (with Alejandro Chehtman,

Sofia Amaral-Garcia & Sergio Muro) (Full Paper)



Dissent in the Supreme Court of Argentina

Comments: Udi Sommer, Tel Aviv University




Coffee break




Supreme Courts versus Governments


Chair: Nancy Staudt, Washington University in St. Louis


Andrew Green, University of Toronto & Benjamin Alarie, University of Toronto  (Abstract)



Judging the Government: Evidence from the Supreme Court of Canada

Comments: Rivka Weill, IDC Herzliya


Eyal Zamir, Hebrew University of Jerusalem (with Leon Yehuda Anidjar & Ori Katz)  (Abstract, Full Paper)



Enforced Performance in Common-Law versus Civil-Law Systems: An Empirical Study of a Legal Transformation

Comments: Tamar Kricheli Katz, Tel Aviv University


Talya Steiner, The Israel Democracy Institute (with Mordechai Kremnitzer and Andej Lang)  (AbstractFull Paper)



Proportionality in Theory and in Action: A Multi-National Analysis

Comments: Netta Barak-Corren, Hebrew University of Jerusalem










Judges as Humans


Chair: David Levi-Faur, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Lee Epstein, Washington University in St. Louis (with James E. Daily & Kevin Quinn)  (Abstract)



Using Automated Linguistic Analysis to Assess How Justices Age

Comments: Shaul Shenhav, Hebrew University of Jerusalem


Gad Barzilai, University of Haifa, Assaf Meydani, The Academic College of Tel – Aviv Yaffo & Maoz Rosental, IDC Herzliya  (Abstract)



The Personalization of Judicial Review: The Cohesiveness of Judicial Nominations and Constitutional Courts

Comments: Adam Shinar, IDC Herzliya


Oren Gazal-Ayal, University of Haifa (with Haim Azulai and Itai Hammer)  (Abstract, Full Paper)



Do Judges Obey the Law?                                      

Comments: Doron Teichman, Hebrew University of Jerusalem




Tour in Mount Scopes Campus (weather permitting)




Decision Making in the Israeli Supreme Court

Chair: Margit Cohn, Hebrew University of Jerusalem


Michal Alberstein, Bar-Ilan University (with Limor Gabay-Egozi Bryna Bogoch) (Full Paper)



Formalisms of Law: Building Measures to Evaluate the Fluctuating Paths of Legal Rhetoric in Supreme Court Decisions

Comments: Ayelet Sela, Bar Ilan University


Menachem Hofnung, Hebrew University of Jerusalem & Ofir Hadad, Hebrew University of Jerusalem  (AbstractFull Paper)



Legal Framing and Judicial Policy Making: Former Intelligence Collaborators, Present Asylum Seekers at the Israeli High Court of Justice

Comments: Ori Aronson, Bar Ilan University


Inbar Levy, Melbourne Law School (with Nadiv Mordechay)  (Abstract)



Costs Rulings and Substantive Judicial Review in the Israeli High Court of Justice

Comments: Issi Rosen-Zvi, Tel Aviv University













Supported by the I-Core Program of the Planning and Budgeting Committee and The Israel Science Foundation, grant no. 1821/12, The Sacher Institute for Legislative Research and Comparative Law, The Aharon Barak Center for Interdisciplinary Legal Research and the Katia & Hans Guth-Dreyfus Lectureship in Confl­ict Resolution and Law.