Talk by Tom Ginsburg on his upcoming book, Judicial Reputation: A Comparative Theory

5:00–7:00 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi


Tom Ginsburg is the Leo Spitz Professor of International Law and Deputy Dean at the University of Chicago Law School. He is also the Hilde Wolf Research Scholar and a Professor of Political Science at the University. His work focusses on comparative and international law from an interdisciplinary perspective.

His books include Judicial Review in New Democracies (2003), which won the C. Herman Pritchett Award from the American Political Science Association; The Endurance of National Constitutions (2009), which also won a best book prize from APSA; Constitutions in Authoritarian Regimes (2014); and Law and Development in Middle-Income Countries (2014).

In this talk co-hosted with The Jindal Global Law School, Professor Ginsburg drew on his upcoming book Judicial Reputation: A Comparative Theory and traced the global focus in recent years on systems for selecting, appointing and disciplining judges. Addressing the key question — the degree to which judges have autonomy over their own affairs Professor Ginsburg drew on contemporary debates about Judicial Independence globally and in the Indian context.

The talk also explored the question of how different selection systems are likely to enhance or detract from particular aspects of judicial reputation, an essential quality of judges in every country. While there is no universally optimal system of appointments, different systems might have particular benefits in different contexts. Prof. Ginsburg illustrated his points with examples from the United States, Japan, and various other countries.