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Urška Šadl

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Professor of Law

Urska_SadlAppointed as of September 2016. Her primary research interests include the empirical studies of European courts and their jurisprudence, the language of courts, the theory and practice of judicial precedents as well as topics in European constitutional law more generally. She is joining the EUI after working at iCourts centre of Excellence for International Courts at the Faculty of Law in Copenhagen. She obtained her BA and Master degree in law from the Faculty of Law in Ljubljana. Urška also holds a LL.M. degree in Legal Studies from the College of Europe in Brugge and a PhD degree from the University of Copenhagen. She has completed research stays at King's College, London, Institute of European and Comparative Law at the University of Oxford and most recently visited the University of Michigan as Michigan Grotius Research Scholar. Her research appears i.a. in the European Law Journal, the European Law Review, the European Journal of Legal Studies and the European Constitutional Law Review.

Supervision Interests

"I welcome PhD proposals that deal with the jurisprudence of the European Court of Justice, and all matters judicial law making. I will be particularly happy to supervise students that are willing to develop novel research methodologies to gauge legal change or are up to the challenge of applying existing legal empirical methods. I give priority to proposals, which focus on judicial responses to broader developments (and current issues) in the European Union. For more information in this regard please see current courses and teaching activities. 

As a supervisor I am easily approachable and considerate. I value straightforward communication and constructive criticism. From my supervisees I expect commitment to their project, clear focus on their goals, and the ability to work independently" 

Research Interests

  • Theory and practice of judicial decision making
  • Empirical legal methods
  • International courts
  • Court of Justice of the European Union

Research Projects

  • NoLesLaw (Network of legal empirical studies), with Johan LINDHOLM (Umeå) and Suvi SANKARI (Helsinki), an initiative funded by the Nordic Research Council (from January 2017 – December 2018). No-Les-Law brings together a group of original thinkers, motivated by the desire to develop and promote novel approaches to legal research that favor data over speculation. The initiative is primarily motivated by the desire to investigate the empirical foundations behind theoretical claims, and examine the potential impact of legal rules on daily practice and policy making of European and international legal institutions. Furthermore, the initiative is striving to develop a continuous dialogue between legal scholars and social scientists that ask the research questions of how law and courts work, and computer scientists and mathematicians who have the necessary technical expertise in developing novel research methods that can answer these questions. Finally, the initiative is driven by the lack of dissemination outlets of legal empirical research, which does not follow the large-N research agendas common in the United States, including discussion platforms such as workshops, data sharing websites, and empirically oriented law journals.
  • Coding the Legal Outcomes of the Judgments of the Court of Justice of the European Union (The Coding Project). Project financed by the EUI Research Council (2017-2020). The aim of the coding project is to provide a manifold and detailed coding of judgments of the Court of Justice of the European Union. We focus especially on case outcomes but integrate – to the extent feasible – other relevant information about the case. The project is motivated by the ambition to provide an alternative to large-n statistical analysis of judicial decision-making. It proceeds under the assumption that ‘deep legal coding’ will underwrite productive interdisciplinary conversation. The EUI researchers can contact  Urška Šadl or Irene Otero Fernández for codebooks and hand coded judgments. Participating researchers: Irene Otero Fernández,  Lucía López Zurita, Eun Hye Kim, and Stein Arne Brekke. Former members of the Coding project: Sabine Mair, Davide Morisi, and Sophia Ayada. 
  • iCourts Working Paper Series, No. 219 "That's an Order! The Orders of the CJEU and the Effect of Article 99 RoP on Judicial Cooperation".

Contact Details

Tel. [+39] 055 4686 363 / 267

Email: [email protected]

Administrative assistant: Francesca Grassini

Postal address: Law Department | Via Bolognese 156 | 50139 Florence - Italy (Villa Salviati, Manica - Office SAMN  221)

Working Languages: Slovene, English, Danish, German, Croatian, French


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