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date: 20 February 2020

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This chapter examines the political and the sociological influences on judicial behavior. It first reviews the provisionary evidence for and against governmental influence, which is broken down into three different charges of judicial bias resulting from government influence: home-state bias, geopolitical bias, and policy and institutional motivations. It then turns to socio-legal influences. It examines the communication between judges on various international and national courts; the cultural determinants of judicial behavior; and the role of personal characteristics and professional backgrounds.

Keywords: political influence, sociological influence, judges, judicial bias

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