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Computational Legal Studies: The Promise and Challenge of Data-Driven Research

Edited by: Ryan Whalen

ISBN13: 9781788977449
Published: September 2020
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Limited
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £105.00

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Computational Legal Studies offers a visionary introduction to the computational turn in law and the resulting emergence of the computational legal studies field. It explores how computational data creation, collection, and analysis techniques are transforming the way in which we comprehend and study the law, and the implications that this has for the future of legal studies.

Featuring contributions from a diverse set of experts, this thought-provoking book considers the implications of computationally enabled research and the future trajectory of the field. It discusses how technological, scientific, and methodological developments are not only making the traditional practice of law more efficient but are also creating new perspectives on the law and shaping how we understand it. Chapters draw on a range of examples of computational legal research to demonstrate how a wide variety of research methods, including natural language processing, machine learning, agent-based modelling, and network analysis, are transforming the relationship between law and computation.

This book will prove to be a stimulating read for legal academics looking for a better understanding of this emerging field and for law students interested in new legal research techniques. It will also be a valuable resource for legal firms and computational social scientists interested in examining how law is adopting computational methods.

Legal Skills and Method
The emergence of computational legal studies: an introduction
Ryan Whalen
1. Sense and similarity: automating legal text comparison
Wolfgang Alschner
2. Computational legal studies, digital humanities, and textual analysis
Nina Varsava
3. Computational stylometry: predicting the authorship of investment treaty awards
Malcolm Langford, Daniel Behn and Runar Lie
4. Automated classification of modes of moral reasoning in judicial decisions
Nischal Mainali, Liam Meier, Elliott Ash and Daniel Chen
5. On dragons, caves, teeth, and claws: legal analytics and the problem of court data access
Charlotte S. Alexander and Mohammad Javad Feizollahi
6. Computational legal studies in China: progress, challenges, and future
Yingmao Tang and John Zhuang Liu
7. Measuring surveillance chill and other regulatory impacts at scale
Jonathon W. Penney
8. Understanding content moderation systems: new methods to understand internet governance at scale, over time, and across platforms
Nicolas Suzor
9. Accounting for legal values
Kevin D. Ashley
10. Is legal cognition computational? (When will DeepVehicle replace Judge Hercules?)
Paul Gowder
11. Rule by rules
Michael A. Livermore
12.3 Purposes and challenges of legal citation network analysis on case law
Dafne van Kuppevelt, Gijs van Dijck and Marcel Schaper
13. Needles in a haystack: using network analysis to identify cases that are cited for general principles of law by the European Court of Human Rights
Henrik Palmer Olsen and Magnus Esmark
14. Agent-based modeling for legal studies
Alex Schwartz
15. Analyzing high volumes of German court decisions in an interdisciplinary class of law and computer science students
Janis Beckedorf, Dirk Hartung and Phillip Sittig