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Women on Courts


Why do so few women serve on higher courts? And what is their influence on thejurisprudenceof these courts? Despite a series ofacademic and politicalinitiatives to increase gender parity,women continue to be conspicuously underrepresented. However, there is now an extensive body of scholarship discussing the reasons why judiciaries might strive for more diversity, including increased legitimacy, dispelling stereotypes, higher quality decision-making and outcomes, and internal institutional change. Are there additional, specific benefits to greater judicial diversityto be expected and how should these be achieved? This part of the research will address these questions with a special focus on theCourt of Justice of the EU (CJEU) and the US Supreme Court (SCOTUS).

Partner in charge: Fernanda Nicola

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