Dr. Cordula Tibi Weber

Research Fellow


  • Short CV

    • Since 2018: Research Fellow at the GIGA Institute of Latin American Studies in the DFG-project „Latin American Courts Going Public: Institutional Innovations for Social Participation in the Judicial Decision-Making Process“

    • 2017 - 2018: Scientific assistant of Prof. Dr. Sandra Destradi, Chair of International Relations and Regional Governance at the Helmut-Schmidt-Universität/Universität der Bundeswehr Hamburg

    • 2014 – 2018: Participation in the DAAD-CAPES-Kooperationsprojekt „The Institutional Presidency in Latin America“

    • 2013 - 2019: Doctoral Student at the University of Hamburg and the GIGA Doctoral Programme

    • 2011 - 2015: Research Fellow at the GIGA Institute of Latin American Studies in the Leibniz-project „Judicial (In)dependence in New Democracies. Courts, Presidents and Legislatures in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa“ Education: Political Science and Latin American Studies at the University of Hamburg

    • Education: Political Science and Latin American Studies at the University of Hamburg

    Current Research

    • The role of courts in the political system

    • Judicial legitimacy

    • Courts and the public

    • Judicial independence in new democracies, especially Latin America

    • Development of democracy in Paraguay

    Countries and Regions

    • Latin America

    • Paraguay


    Dissertation

    • The Contested Role of Courts in New Democracies: Political Interferences in Comparative Perspective

    GIGA Working Papers | 05/2021

    High Courts and Social Media in Latin America

    What is the role of Latin American constitutional and supreme courts in social media? We investigate the accounts of 17 high courts on Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook for a one-year-period, distinguishing between two dimensions: intensity of use and influence in each social media.

    Prof. Dr. Mariana Llanos

    Lead Research Fellow

    Dr. Cordula Tibi Weber

    Research Fellow

    Revista Uruguaya de Ciencia Política | 06/2020

    Cortes Superiores y redes sociales en América Latina

    Twitter, Facebook y YouTube— por parte de 17 cortes constitucionales y supremas de América Latina durante el lapso de un año. Exploramos de manera preliminar la relación entre el nivel de confianza en los poderes judiciales y la intensidad del uso e influencia de las cortes en las redes.

    Prof. Dr. Mariana Llanos

    Lead Research Fellow

    Dr. Cordula Tibi Weber

    Research Fellow

    Research Project | 01/12/2018 - 30/06/2022

    Latin American Courts Going Public: Institutional Innovations for Social Participation in the Judicial Decision-Making Process

    Since two decades, constitutional and supreme courts in Latin America increasingly have been engaging with the public: for instance, they include the perspectives of civil society through public hearings or extensively use social media to inform about their work. This new court behavior stands in stark contrast to the traditional image of the judges as distant from the people and it could potentially have strong effects on the role of courts in the political system and the quality of democracy. This project is the first to investigate this phenomenon in a comparative perspective for all democratic Latin American countries.
    DFG, 2018-2022

    Research Project | 01/01/2014 - 01/12/2018

    The Institutional Presidency in Latin America

    This project analysed the development of the institutional Presidency in Latin America after the processes of re-democratisation in the 1980s. The Institutional Presidency (IP) refers to the bulk of agencies that directly support the chief of the executive in his/her governing tasks. The IP is part of the "executive toolbox" that is available to heads of state for building legislative majorities. Our analysis highlighted the strategic redesign of the bureaucratic structures of the presidential office initiated by presidents.
    DAAD/CAPES, 2014-2018

    Research Project | 01/01/2011 - 31/12/2016

    Judicial (In)dependence in New Democracies. Courts, Presidents and Legislatures in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa

    The study of judicial independence shows the interaction among the three branches of government and concentrates, especially, on the ways in which the two elected branches – the executive and the legislature – interfere with the judicial branch. The project stresses the difficult balance between judicial independence and judicial accountability, a classical topic in political science, and analyses it in new democracies of the developing world.
    Leibniz Association, 2011-2016

    Latin America Advisor | Expert Comment / Guest Contribution | 04/09/2019

    Featured Q & A: Why Is Paraguay's President Seeing His Support Evaporate?

    Speaker | 25/08/2022

    Court-Executive Relations under the Pandemic

    Cordula Tibi Weber and Mariana Llanos present their paper "Court-Executive Relations under the Pandemic" at the panel "Courts and the Separation of Powers" at the ECPR General Conference 2022 on Thursday, 25 August.

    Dr. Cordula Tibi Weber

    Research Fellow

    Discussant | 24/08/2022

    ECPR General Conference 2022

    Cordula Tibi Weber participates as discussant of three presentations at the panel "Courts as either Saviours or Enemies – Legal Mobilization, Judicial Opportunity Structure and Policy Change" of the ECPR General Conference 2022 on Wednesday, 24 August.

    Dr. Cordula Tibi Weber

    Research Fellow

    Speaker | 11/08/2022

    Court-Executive Relations under the Pandemic in Latin America

    Conference 11/08/2022

    Paper presentation at IPSA RC09 Interim Meeting 2022

    Dr. Cordula Tibi Weber

    Research Fellow

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