REVISION: Introduction to Juries and Mixed Tribunals Across the Globe: New Developments, Common Challenges and Future Directions

By Valerie Hans

English Abstract: The introduction to the special issue describes the goals of the conference on Juries and Mixed Tribunals across the Globe, and identifies themes that emerged as jury scholars from all over the world examined different forms of lay participation in legal decision-making. The introduction focuses on common challenges that different systems of lay participation face, including the selection of impartial fact finders and the presentation of complex cases to lay citizens. The introduction and special issue articles also highlight new developments and innovative practices to address these challenges, including some tools, like decision trees, that remain highly controversial. The introduction closes by emphasizing the enduring political importance of citizen participation in law. Spanish Abstract: La introducción a este número especial describe los objetivos de la conferencia sobre jurados y tribunales mixtos en el mundo, e identifica los temas que ...

Valerie Hans Professor of Law
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Professional Biography

Valerie Hans conducts empirical studies of law and the courts, and is one of the nation's leading authorities on the jury system. Trained as a social scientist, she has carried out extensive research and lectured around the globe on juries and jury reforms as well as the uses of social science in law.

She is the author or editor of 8 books and over 100 research articles. Current projects on the American jury include developing a new theory of damage awards, analyzing how jury service promotes civic engagement, examining the impact of race in tort decisions, and researching the jury’s role in death penalty cases. Professor Hans is also studying the introduction of juries and other forms of citizen participation in other countries, including Argentina, Japan, Korea, Russia, Spain, and Taiwan. Her books include Business on Trial: The Civil Jury and Corporate Responsibility (2000); The Jury System: Contemporary Scholarship (2006); and three coauthored books: Judging the Jury (1986); American Juries: The Verdict (2007); and The Psychology of Tort Law (2016).

Professor Hans is Co-President of the Society for Empirical Legal Studies.


B.A., University of California at San Diego, 1973
M.A., University of Toronto, 1974
Ph.D., University of Toronto, 1978