RC09 (Comparative Judicial Studies)

2022 Interim Meeting

Mortara Center for International Studies, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., United States

10-12 August 2022

Registration/Reception: 5:00-6:00pm 10 August

Papers/Panels: 11-12 August

Conference Theme: Courts under Pressure: Threats to Judicial Independence and Rule of Law across the Globe

Host:   Diana Kapiszewski, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

Convenor:  Rhonda Evans, The University of Texas at Austin, United States

Treasurer:  Rachel Ellett, Beloit College, United States

Paper and panel proposals for the 2022 Interim Meeting of the Research Committee on Comparative Judicial Studies are now being accepted. The meeting will be in-person and is open to all scholars interested in the study of law and courts from comparative and national perspectives. The theme of the 2022 meeting is “Courts under Pressure: Threats to Judicial Independence and Rule of Law across the Globe.” Papers and panels that engage this theme are especially welcome. There are plans to collect and revise these ‘on theme’ papers for an edited volume or a special issue of a journal.  Paper and panel proposals on other topics in the field of comparative judicial studies, such as those listed below, are also welcome.

  • Supranational and International Regimes
  • Judicial Independence  
  • Courts, Tribunals, and the Rule of Law
  • Judicial versus Executive Power
  • Courts and Populism
  • Courts and Constitutional Democracy
  • Judicial Philosophies
  • Supreme Courts and Domestic Politics
  • Judicial Networks and Domestic Politics
  • Legal Databases/Methodological Considerations
  • International Legal Moblization
  • Diffusion and Borrowing of Legal Norms

Georgetown University currently requires that all persons on campus, including visitors, be vaccinated. Stay apprised of all COVID-related developments, including vaccination requirements, here:  Submit your proposal (including a title and 500-word abstract) via email by 1 March 2022, to Dr. Rhonda Evans ( A draft conference program will be circulated and posted to the RC09’s website by 1 April 2022. We expect to be able to accommodate virtual participation in the conference.  Please indicate in your proposal if you will only be able to participate virtually. For updates on all conference details, please visit