Professor Dr. Eveline T. Feteris of University of Amsterdam has published The role of the judge in legal proceedings: A Pragma-dialectical analysis, Journal of Argumentation in Context, 1(2), 234-252 (2012).
Here is the abstract:
In this contribution I characterize the role of the judge in the context of the argumentative activity of legal proceeding. I describe the role of the judge from a pragma-dialectical perspective and explain in which way this role promotes a rational resolution of the dispute. I specify how a critical discussion in accordance with the ideal model is implemented in legal procedure to accomplish the institutional point, a resolution of the dispute in accordance with the Rule of Law.