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Confirmation of Candidature: Candidate - Eddie Fraser

The Grammar of Judicial Bias: A Comparative Analysis of the Lexical Qualification of Judicial Impartiality in the Australian Judicial Systems

Date: 27 April 2021
Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Venue: Online via Zoom
Contact: For more information, please contact the Graduate Research School.
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The concept of judicial objectivity is a cornerstone of modern legal systems. This project will follow existing studies into the qualification of the concept of objectivity in cases that review the judicial impartiality of the court. The analysis of a large sample of cases aims at describing how judges in different Australian jurisdictions lexically qualify allegations of bias. The questions the project will attempt to answer are, whether allegations of bias generate a cluster of judicial responses in different states and territories and whether the cluster of responses shows an indication of convergence or divergence of judicial decisions. This study focuses on textual references – retrieved by using Langacker’s studies on grammar – to the concept of judicial objectivity. Using this methodology, a comparison concerning Talmudic law will also be made alongside potential future recommendations.