Project “The Relevance of judicial trust for the legal integration of Europe”

Researcher and IC3JM member Juan A. Mayoral has received almost two million euros from the European Research Council (ERC) after obtaining a Consolidator Grant, aimed at researchers with 7 to 12 years of experience who want to consolidate a research group. UC3M is one of the eleven Spanish universities that have secured funding in this call.

“The Relevance of judicial trust for the legal integration of Europe” is the title of the research project led by Juan Antonio Mayoral, which has received ERC funding for the next five years. Its main objective is to define the interdisciplinary nature of the concept of trust among judges in the legal system of the European Union. Within the framework of the project, empirical indicators will be developed to be useful in various aspects. First, they will help determine the legal, sociological, and political factors that lead judges to trust or distrust each other. Secondly, these indicators will be used to verify the impact that judicial trust has on cooperation between courts through mechanisms such as preliminary rulings, where national judges have the power to request assistance from the Court of Justice of the European Union in interpreting EU law.

For this work, the project will implement a mixed-methods design combining legal analysis of judicial decisions with interviews, experiments, and surveys of judges from the 27 EU member states and the Court of Justice of the EU.