Research institute on judicial systems (IRSIG)

Research activities

Research activity can be classified in three main research areas, within which several research projects are carried out:

1.Governance of judicial systems. Research projects are based on comparative analyses of: judicial governance institutions (such as judicial councils and ministries of justice), judicial and prosecutorial roles, professional qualifications of judges and public prosecutors, defense lawyers, codes of judicial conduct of judges and public prosecutors, and extra-judicial activities of judges and public prosecutors.

2.Organization and technological innovation in judicial administration. Research efforts here mainly concern the design, development, deployment and assessment of ICT in justice systems, the management of courts and public prosecutors' offices, backlog reduction programs, analysis and recommendations for judicial reforms.

3.Quality and assessment of judicial systems. Research activity deals with policies and tools to assess and improve the quality of justice. The analyses are carried out at the individual level (e.g. evaluation of judges and prosecutors), at the organizational level (e.g. courts or prosecutors' offices), and at the justice system level (e.g. European Union Justice Scoreboard).

One of the strengths of IRSIG is its systemic and interdisciplinary approach in the studying of justice systems. Therefore, the three research lines are complementary, consistent, productive, and very promising for further research developments. IRSIG's capacity to interrelate these areas is its distinctive capability and mark of excellence in the international context.

Please refer to for details about research projects carried out by IRSIG.