The Argentine Supreme Court Project

The Argentine Supreme Court Project is a multidisciplinary effort led by UTDT School of Law. Pioneer in Latin America, the Project seeks to advance our understanding of the determinants of the Argentine Supreme Court (CSJN) decisions.

As the head of the Judiciary, CSJN is a key institution of our legal and political system. Its decisions represent the ultimate appeal possibility and provide the final interpretation of the Constitution. As such, CSJN decisions are the basis on which the Argentine rule of law stands.

The Argentine Supreme Court Project purports to provide answers to key questions in a systematic way, such as what characteristics do dismissed appeals share in common, how is it that CSJN arrives to its decisions, or what is the level of incidence, if any, that ideological, reputational or political factors have on the High Court decisions. In short, the project looks to unveil the decision-making process initiated by an appeal to CSJN.

With leading researchers in Law & Economics, Empirical and Socio-Legal Studies, Jurisprudence, and Constitutional Law, the Argentine Supreme Court Project seeks to lead the creation of knowledge in a vital area not only for academic studies of Supreme and Constitutional Courts but also for legal practice.

Ongoing research:

·         Study of formal errors as a source of CSJN appeals’ dismissals.

·         Study of the determinants of CSJN decisions in extraordinary appeal cases.

·         Study of the determinants of the different type of CSJN appeals’ dismissals.

The Argentine Supreme Court Project is co-directed by Professors Sergio Muro and Alejandro Chehtman, and is enhanced by key contributions from a group of colleagues at UTDT and abroad. In that spirit, it seeks to develop collaboration programs with international institutions which share an interest and have experience in judicial modernization, such as the World Bank. Finally, it aspires to solidify academic connections with peers in the region and around the world as a way strengthen comparative studies on Supreme Courts.