WP1b: The State Justice System: functioning, reform, actors

This WP takes the judicial system as its point of departure to examine different levels of justice-society relationships from the viewpoint of structured groups and collective actors. The goal here is to look within the State judicial system to the interactional dynamics between judicial institutions and actors and to the professional and social networks of judicial personnel. At the national level of the State justice system, both its structure and functioning are shaped by constant interaction between institutional actors at various levels of the ‘judicial chain’ (policing, prosecution, judgment, penal practice), which is, in turn, subject to change and reform as a result of varying public demands and attitudes towards justice. Examining the agency of collective judicial actors also necessitates further study of the intellectual, social and professional networks of justice: prosopography of justice personnel; processes of professionalisation and professional culture; (inter)national associations of magistrates, policemen, lawyers, jurists, etc.

Coordinator: Frédéric Schoenaers

Partners involved: UCL, UNamur, ULg, KULeuven, Cesdip (UVSQ)


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WP1b (BeJustState)
Picture: ©Cegesoma, image nr° 84387: Petiot's case (serial murders): judicial inquiry - examination of the periscope with which Petiot watched his victims, Paris, 1944.

The Interuniversity Attraction Pole P7/22 "Justice & Populations: The Belgian Experience in International Perspective, 1795-2015" (BeJust 2.0) is part of the Interuniversity Attraction Poles Programme Phase VII (2012-2017), financed by the Belgian Science Policy Office of the Belgian State.

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