This innovative module explores the crucial role judges and courts play in the modern state, and it provides students with a unique opportunity to understand what it is like to be a judge, how judges make decisions, what skills they require and what pressures and controversies they face.
Part 1 of the module looks at the judicial role. It examines how judges are selected; what skills are required to be a good judge; how representative the judiciary is; how judges are trained and develop their careers; and the future of judging in a digital world.
In Part 2 of the module we examine the judge in action, exploring how judges make decisions in individual cases. It is an active participatory module, where students gain first-hand experience of judicial decision-making through a series of Hands-On Judicial Decision-Making Seminars. Leading judges and experts share their knowledge with students through the course's Special Judicial Guest Seminars and students also have the opportunity to act as judges in criminal cases and attend court proceedings.
This module will be structured as follows:
• Judges, Decision-Making and Democracy
• Judicial Studies: The Cutting-Edge Empirical Study of Judges & Courts
• How Can We Understand How Judges Make Decisions?
• Judicial Appointments and Diversity
• Judging in Different Courts and Jurisdictions
• The Public as Judges: Trial by Jury
• Reason & Emotion in Judicial Sentencing
• The Power of Judges, C. Thomas (ed) of C. Guarnieri and P. Pederzoli, OUP (2002) - http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780198298359.do
• The Psychology of Judicial Decision-Making, D. Klein and G. Mitchell (eds), OUP (2010) - http://www.oxfordscholarship.com/view/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195367584.0...
• Lawrence Baum, Judges and Their Audiences: A Perspective on Judicial Behaviour, Chapter 1, Princeton University Press (2006) - http://press.princeton.edu/chapters/s8323.pdf
• Lady Hale, Equality in the Judiciary (2013) Kuttan Menon Memorial Lecture https://www.supremecourt.uk/docs/speech-130221.pdf
• Cheryl Thomas, Are Juries Fair? Ministry of Justice Research Series 10 (2010) - https://www.justice.gov.uk/downloads/publications/research-and-analysis/...
Individual seminar reading lists and other course materials will be provided via the online module page, available at the beginning of term once students have enrolled.
Two module readings can be downloaded are:
Lawrence Baum, Judges and Their Audiences: A Perspective on Judicial Behaviour, Chapter 1, Princeton University Press (2006) - http://press.princeton.edu/chapters/s8323.pdf
Cheryl Thomas, Are Juries Fair? Ministry of Justice Research Series 10 (2010) - https://www.justice.gov.uk/downloads/publications/research-and-analysis/...
|Credit value:||22.5 Credits (225 Learning Hours)|
David Ormerod; Cheryl Thomas
|Teaching Delivery:||Teaching for all LLM modules in 2020-21 will be delivered through a combination of pre-recorded and synchronous live teaching|
|Who may enrol:||LLM Students Only|
|Must not be taken with:||None|
|Qualifying module for:|
LLM in Law and Social Justice;
|Final Assessment:||3,000 Word Essay (100%)|