Research institute on judicial systems (IRSIG)


Extensive involvement in comparative research, together with a close and fruitful relationship with international partners such as universities and international institutions, has resulted in IRSIG having a primary role in the promotion of an international network of academics and experts involved in carrying out research and technical assistance on the administration of justice.
IRSIG has developed a wide research network all over Europe, and worldwide. Several Memorandums of Understanding with universities and international organizations have been signed to promote common research, and a fruitful exchange of ideas and information. Among them are: The Australian Institute of Judicial Administration (AIJA), Melbourne (Australia), Center on Social Sciences and the Law, Centro de Estudos Sociais (CES), Universidade de Coimbra (Portugal), Institute of Law and Technology (IDT), Autonomous University of Barcelona, Legal Intersections Research Centre (LIRC), University of Wollongong (Australia), Montaigne Centre for Justice and Conflict Resolution, Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance, University of Utrecht (NL), National Center for State Courts (NCSC), Williamsburg VA (USA), United Nations, Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Ministry of Justice of Chile.
The many organizations and experts that have carried out research activity with IRSIG are the backbone of a broad international research network which is one of the most valuable assets of the Institute.
Since 2001, IRSIG's researchers have constantly collaborated with the Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) of the Council of Europe. IRSIG is among the few research institutes listed as official partners by CEPEJ.
Over the years, assorted academics and practitioners from Europe, the United States, and Australia have spent research time at IRSIG-CNR to take advantage of a vibrant forum for open discussions and debate on current administration of justice issues, showing that IRSIG is considered one of the leading institutions for justice studies in Europe.
IRSIG has also developed a unique joint program for visiting fellows with the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands, also supported by the International Association of Court Administration. This Programme offers candidates the opportunity to combine individual research with active involvement in programs and activities carried out by the Institute. Visiting Scholars and Fellows can interact with professors and researchers in the two host institutions in forums designed to facilitate the exchange of thoughts and ideas on justice-sector reforms, innovative projects, research plans and findings, methodologies, and cutting edge approaches.