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Thursday, August 30, 2007

World Jury Systems and a Book Review on Deliberative Democracy

I've uploaded two shorter works to SSRN.  The first is a book review I published a few months ago in Perspectives on Politics about two recent books that target the deliberative democracy enterprise.  The other is a research note entitled "A Comparison of Criminal Jury Decision Rules in Democratic Countries" and will be published early next year in the faculty-edited Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law.  Although the title pretty much says it all, here's the abstract:

In this age of renewed interest in comparative constitutionalism and more focused attention on the legal regimes of foreign democracies, it is astonishingly difficult to learn about other countries' jury systems. There is no central, short, and easily-accessible English source to which scholars and policymakers interested in how the criminal jury functions worldwide can turn for basic facts about the jury systems in use in democratic countries. This paper hopes to fill that gap in part by furnishing jury system information about the twenty-eight democracies (excluding the United States) that have been consistently democratic since at least the early 1990s and have a population of five million or more (with allowance for Mexico and South Africa).

If you catch any errors in the jury paper, please e-mail me.  Because I was collecting data on countries whose languages I don't speak or understand, I often had to rely on secondary sources and imperfect translations.

Posted by Ethan Leib on August 30, 2007 at 11:41 PM in Article Spotlight | Permalink

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