Obstacles and Opportunities—Measuring the Quality of Judicial Reasoning

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


How can we ‘measure’ the quality of judicial reasoning? Indeed, can we measure it at all? Or should we be satisfied with the ‘softer’ method of assessment when it comes to the quality of judicial motivation? These are the questions I address in this chapter. In the first part I justify the importance of quality assurance of judicial reasoning itself, independently from the other elements of adjudication. I then recap the possible objections to a project to assess the quality of justification (judicial independence, diversity of judicial styles, problem of measurability). I try to answer these challenges and I outline some examples of the possible forms of quality control over the reasoning activity of judges.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Law, Department of Legal Theory and Sociology of LawUniversity of DebrecenDebrecenHungary
  2. 2.HAS Centre for Social SciencesCentre of Social Sciences, Institute for Legal StudiesBudapestHungary

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