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UCL Judicial Institute Activities


The UCL Judicial Institute research programme is designed to provide robust empirical evidence about the judicial process. Major current research projects include the: Tribunal Decision-Making Project, UCL Jury Project, Future Justice Project, Menu for Justice and Civil Justice Reform Project.


The JI is pioneering educational programmes at all levels to increase understanding of the judiciary. This includes innovative LLM teaching on the judiciary, Europe’s first Executive Masters in Judicial Studies, Professional Development Courses educating practitioners about the judiciary and Law Without Walls and Pathways to Law: teaching the next generation.

Policy Input

The UCL JI is committed to assisting the development of judicial policies through empirical research and by providing a high-level forum for policy discussions between judges, academics and policy-makers. This includes the UCL JI Seminar Series: Science and Social Science in the Courtroom and the UCL JI Policy Briefings under the Chatham House Rule.

Professional Development

The Judicial lnstitute is offering professional development courses for practicing lawyers. Some of these courses are designed to fulfil the recommendations of the Neuberger Panel on educating practitioners about the judiciary prior to applying for judicial posts, while others provide practitioners with new skills and understanding of judicial functions.

Public Debate

As part of a programme of public discussion about the key role of the judiciary in law and society, the UCL JI is hosting a Pubic Seminar Series: Science and Social Science in the Courtroom: These seminars are designed to provide understanding of cutting edge work in social and physical sciences that has direct relevance to judicial decision-making.


The UCL JI provides Fellowships to leading international experts on the judiciary and sabbaticals for judges from around the world. The Directors serve as UK representative on leading European and international projects on the judiciary, and the Institute conducts innovative comparative research on key issues involving judges and courts.