Duke Conference

Oct. 26-27, 2018 | Duke University Law School

On Oct. 26-27, 2018, a distinguished group of leading academics and experts joined the World Justice Project's Rule of Law Research Consortium (RLRC) for a two-day conference at Duke Law School. The event was organized by the Rule of Law Research Consortium of the World Justice Project and hosted by Duke University, and focused on the theme of "The Rule of Law: Subnational, Supranational, and Empirical." Presentations and discussions at the conference included:

Welcome Remarks

  • Alejandro Ponce, World Justice Project
  • Jack Knight, Duke Law School
  • Tom Ginsburg, University of Chicago Law School


Subnational Governance and the Rule of Law

  • Chair/Discussant: Margaret Levi, Stanford University
  • Discussant: Jack Knight, Duke University

Data and Decentralization 
— Kevin Davis, New York University

What Explains Taxation by Resource-Rich Rebels: New Data from the Islamic State in Syria 
— Mara Revkin, Yale University

Public (Dis)trust in Law? Trust Gaps in China and Beyond
— Ethan Michelson and Alisha Kirchoff, Indiana University


The Rule of Law Across Time and Space

  • Chair/Discussant: Maggie Lemos, Duke University

Economic Harbingers of Ottoman Political Modernization: Evolving Anatomy of Power in Istanbul, 1600-1893
— Timur Kuran, Duke University

Judicial Review by the People Themselves: Democracy and the Rule of Law in Ancient Athens
— Federica Carugati, CASBS Stanford


Anthony Lewis Award Presentation

Anthony Lewis Prize Presented at the 2018 WJP Scholars Conference, the 2018 Anthony Lewis Prize for Exceptional Rule of Law Journalism was awarded to a reporting team from Mexico’s Animal Político, who won for their investigative reporting series, "To Murder in Mexico: Impunity Guaranteed." The team is comprised of: Arturo Ángel, Paris Martínez, Daniela Rea, Yosune Chamizo Alberro, Rodrigo Crespo, and Jesús Santamaría.

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  • Chair/Discussant: Rachel Kleinfeld, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

The 2008 Constitutional Reform on Criminal Justice in Mexico - and its Impact on Due Process
— Alejandro Ponce, World Justice Project

Authoritarian Legacies: Persistent Patronage Networks and the Erosion of Merit-Based Selection in Mexico
— Julio Rios, CIDE Mexico City


Demand, Compliance and Independence

  • Chair/Discussant: Dan Rockmore, Dartmouth College
  • Discussant: Georg Vanberg, Duke University

The Demand for Judicial Services: An Exploration with WJP Survey Data
— Benito Arrunada, University Pompeu Fabrea

Expert vs. Popular Evaluations of the Rule of Law
— Brad Epperly, University of South Carolina


Blue Sky Session: Scholars, Data and the WJP

  • Elizabeth Andersen, World Justice Project
  • Alejandro Ponce, World Justice Project


Rights and Compliance

  • Chair/Discussant: Elizabeth Andersen, World Justice Project

Populism and International Human Rights Institutions: A Survival Guide
— Larry Helfer, Duke University

External Enforcement of Rule of Law Norms
— Tom Ginsburg, University of Chicago

Economics of Constitutional Compliance
— Stefan Voigt, Hamburg University


International Enforcement and the Rule of Law

  • Chair/Discussant: Curtis Bradley, Duke University

OECD Anti-Bribery Treaty and the FCPA
— Rachel Brewster, Duke University

Rule of Law in the European Union: Mind the Gap
— Renata Uitz, Central European University


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