Lunch seminar with Arthur Dyevre

“The Unequal Reach of Transnational Institutions: Mapping and Predicting Disparities in the Use of EU Law”.


We investigate subnational variations in preliminary reference activity by locating national courts on maps of the EU territory. Spatial visualization reveals that involvement in the preliminary ruling procedure tends to be concentrated in a relatively small subset of regions within member states. Using a machine learning approach, we explore a broad range of potential predictors of geographic disparities.

Our analysis shows that regions that are the seat of a peak court and have a large cargo port are associated with higher referral rates. So too are regions that are the seat of the country's capital and regions exhibiting greater economic dynamism. Although our perspective is primarily exploratory and predictive, our findings directly inform the theoretical discussion and suggest ways to reconcile varying strands of
research on trade, courts, litigation and institutional change.

All interested are welcome to attend. Registration is not necessary.