Call for chapters: Book: Achieving Open Justice through Citizen Participation and Transparency

Mila Gascó and Carlos E. Jiménez have issued a call for chapters for a proposed book that they are editing, which is entitled Achieving Open Justice through Citizen Participation and Transparency, to be published by IGI.

Here are excerpts from the call:

Call for Chapters

Proposals Submission Deadline: February 28, 2015
Full Chapters Due: June 30, 2015 […]

The aim of this book is […] to introduce the concept of open justice and to identify and analyze worldwide initiatives that focus on opening the judiciary by making it more transparent, more collaborative and more participative. This is important for open justice is not a new concept. Common Law has traditionally linked it to transparency and public scrutiny in order to guarantee the proper functioning of the courts and the opening of information to the general public. This book goes beyond this classical definition of open justice and intends to apply the three open government principles (transparency but, also, collaboration and participation) to the justice field.

Our ultimate goal is to show that an open government is not enough. We need to talk about an open state and, therefore, to make sure, we guarantee openness in the three state’s branches. No other publication has approached open government from the state perspective emphasizing the need to also have an open justice. […]

Target Audience

This book will be useful to politicians, judges and public sector officials (mainly those working in the judiciary) who need a convenient source of information on what open justice is and what it can do for opening the state and improving governance and democracy and on what it is being done around the world, to leaders and consultants who liaise with judicial agencies to design and implement open justice initiatives, to practitioners within the justice field (such as lawyers), and to academicians, researchers and students interested in the field of open justice in particular and open government in general.

Recommended Topics

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • The role of ICT in opening the judiciary
  • Transparency in the judiciary
  • Participation and participatory justice
  • Collaboration, collaborative justice & community courts
  • Open justice and the modernization of the courts
  • Social media and openness in the judiciary
  • Innovation in the justice field
  • Open data and big data
  • Co-production/co-creation of justice
  • Evaluation of open justice initiatives

It is the intention of the book to include both empirical and theoretical chapters. Regarding the former, case studies of both developed and developing countries will be more than welcome. These cases may refer to examples of successful and less successful open justice efforts. […]

For more details, please see the complete call.

HT @MilaGasco

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