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Courts, Social Change and Judicial Independence

16-17 March

  • To what extent does litigation allow for groups structurally excluded from politics to gain new power and voice?
  • What are the risks of a situation where judges are asked to engage in rulemaking (Hirschl, 2004)?
  • To what extent are social groups using regional and global judicial fora to challenge domestic policies and how should courts deal with this?
  • What is or ought to be the impact on the relations between different national, supranational and international legal orders and their respective courts?

The HLPS was an opportunity for top academics and international judges to question the limits, costs and advantages of the use of courts for political and social change, with a particular focus on its transnational dimension and the challenges it poses to national, supranational and international courts.

Policy Brief

Policy Paper



Aharon Barak, Supreme Court of Israel
Stefano Bartolini, EUI
Marta Cartabia, Italian Constitutional Court
Sabino Cassese, Italian Constitutional Court
Carlos Closa Montero, CSIC Institute of Public Goods and Policies
Cristina Dallara, EUI
Adriana Dreyzin de Klor, National University of Córdoba
Stéphanie Hennette-Vauchez, Paris West University Nanterre La Défense
R. Daniel Kelemen, Rutgers University
Mattias Kumm, Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB)
Mikael R. Madsen, University of Copenhagen
Frédéric Mégret, McGill University
Ellen Gracie Northfleet, Former Judge of the Supreme Court of Brazil
Elsie Nwanwuri Thompson, Inter-African Court on Human and People’s Rights
Fidelma O’Kelly Macken, Supreme Court of Ireland
Loretta Ortiz Ahif, Universidad Iberoamericana
Biliyana Petkova, University of Kent
Miguel Poiares Maduro, EUI
Mark Pollack, Temple University
Jerome Porta, Paris West University Nanterre La Défense
Allan Rosas, European Court of Justice
Ruth Rubio Marín, EUI
Kim Lane Scheppele, Princeton University
Iyiola Solanke, London School of Economics
Alec Stone Sweet, Yale University
Antoine Vauchez, European Center of Sociology and Political Science (CESSP Sorbonne)