Research Thesis Topic
The Grammar of Judicial Bias: A comparative analysis of the lexical qualification of Judicial Impartiality in the Australian Judicial Systems .
The concept of judicial objectivity is a cornerstone of modern legal systems. This project will follow existing studies into the qualification of the concept of objectivity in cases that review the judicial impartiality of the court. The candidate will analyze data retrieved from a large sample of cases (over one hundred) taken from Australian state jurisdictions , the ACT , and the Northern Territory. The analysis of a large sample of cases aims at describing how judges in different jurisdictions lexically qualify allegations of bias. The questions the project will attempt to answer are, whether allegations of bias generate a cluster of judicial responses in different states, and whether the cluster of responses shows an indication of convergence or divergence of judicial decisions. This study focuses on textual references – retrieved by using Langacker’s studies on grammar – to the concept of judicial objectivity.
- School of Law and Justice
- Language Studies
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