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April 28, 2010
7:00-8:30 PM

Schlafly Bottleworks, Maplewood, MO

Judicial Independence — An International Comparison

William R. Orthwein Distinguished Professor of Law

Moderated by: Cynthia Wichelman, M.D.

In the United States, we commonly think of judicial independence in terms of the autonomy of individual judges and the need to ensure their neutrality in the cases that come before them. We are thus much less concerned with the need to ensure consistency and predictability and judicial competence. In other legal systems, particularly those with career judges, judicial independence is defined more in terms of the institutional autonomy of the judiciary as a whole, allowing various controls over individual judges. Professor Haley will discuss these fundamental differences in the context of the contrast between judicial independence in the United States and Japan.

Science On Tap is a place where, for the price of a beverage, anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. Meetings take place outside a traditional academic context, in the Crown Room at Schlafly Bottleworks.

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