How to Measure the Quality of Judicial Reasoning

  • Mátyás Bencze
  • Gar Yein Ng

Part of the Ius Gentium: Comparative Perspectives on Law and Justice book series (IUSGENT, volume 69)

About this book


This edited volume examines the very essence of the function of judges, building upon developments in the quality of justice research throughout Europe. Distinguished authors address a gap in the literature by considering the standards that individual judgments should meet, presenting both academic and practical perspectives. Readers are invited to consider such questions as: What is expected from judicial reasoning? Is there a general concept of good quality with regard to judicial reasoning? Are there any attempts being made to measure the quality of judicial reasoning? The focus here is on judges meeting the highest standards possible in adjudication and how they may be held to account for the way they reason.

The contributions examine theoretical questions surrounding the measurement of the quality of judicial reasoning, practices and legal systems across Europe, and judicial reasoning in various international courts. Six legal systems in Europe are featured: England and Wales, Finland, Italy, the Czech Republic, France and Hungary as well as three non-domestic levels of court jurisdictions, including the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). The depth and breadth of subject matter presented in this volume ensure its relevance for many years to come.

All those with an interest in benchmarking the quality of judicial reasoning, including judges themselves, academics, students and legal practitioners, can find something of value in this book.


Quality of Judicial Reasoning in Finland Quality of Judicial Reasoning in England and Wales Quality of Justice and of Judicial Reasoning in Italy Judicial Reasoning in France Methods of Judicial Quality Assessment in Hungary Judicial Reasoning of international criminal courts Judicial Reasoning of the Court of Justice of the EU Judicial Reasoning of the European Court of Human Rights

Editors and affiliations

  • Mátyás Bencze
    • 1
  • Gar Yein Ng
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of LawtUniversity of DebrecenDebrecenHungary
  2. 2.School of LawUniversity of BuckinghamBuckinghamUK

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