Wolfgang Alschner

University of Ottawa - Common Law Section

Associate Professor

57 Louis Pasteur Street

Ottawa, K1N 6N5

Canada

SCHOLARLY PAPERS

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“  I'm currently working on a book project 'Investment Arbitration and State-Driven Reform: New Treaties, Old Outcomes' forthcoming with OUP in 2022. The book explores how a recent generation of investment agreements is being undermined by the continued existence of older treaties and the case law rendered in their litigation.  ”

Scholarly Papers (40)

1.

The Computational Analysis of International Law

Forthcoming in Rossana Deplano and Nicholas Tsagourias (eds), 'Research Methods in International Law: A Handbook', Ottawa Faculty of Law Working Paper No. 2019-33
Number of pages: 30 Posted: 02 Aug 2019 Last Revised: 11 Nov 2019
Wolfgang Alschner
University of Ottawa - Common Law Section
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International law, computer science, data science, network analysis, natural language processing, machine learning

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Forget About the WTO: The Network of Relations between Preferential Trade Agreements (PTAs) and 'Double PTAs'

Number of pages: 39 Posted: 06 Feb 2014 Last Revised: 30 May 2014
Joost Pauwelyn and Wolfgang Alschner
Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) and University of Ottawa - Common Law Section
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regional trade agreements, plurilateral trade agreements, WTO, network analysis, relation between treaties, fragmentation of international law, multilateralising regionalism

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The Role of International Investment Agreements in Fostering Sustainable Development

Baetens, F., (Ed.), Investment Law Within International Law: Integrationist Perspectives (CUP 2013)
Number of pages: 11 Posted: 20 Jul 2013 Last Revised: 05 Aug 2013
Wolfgang Alschner and Elisabeth Tuerk
University of Ottawa - Common Law Section and United Nations - Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
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Investment law, investment treaties, sustainable development, UNCTAD, IPFSD

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Missing in Action: General Public Policy Exceptions in Investment Treaties

in: Lisa Sachs, Jesse Coleman, Lise Johnson (eds.), Yearbook on International Investment Law and Policy, New York: Oxford University Press, 2018 (Forthcoming) , Ottawa Faculty of Law Working Paper No. 2018-22
Number of pages: 28 Posted: 31 Aug 2018 Last Revised: 08 May 2019
Wolfgang Alschner and Kun Hui
University of Ottawa - Common Law Section and University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law
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Investment Law, Investment Treaties, Exceptions, Public Policy, Balancing, Reform

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Mapping the Universe of International Investment Agreements

Journal of International Economic Law, Vol. 19, No. 3, 2016, pp. 561-588.
Number of pages: 35 Posted: 29 Jun 2016 Last Revised: 21 Jun 2017
Wolfgang Alschner and Dmitriy Skougarevskiy
University of Ottawa - Common Law Section and European University at St. Petersburg
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International Investment Agreements, Bilateral Investment Treaties, Text as Data, Computational Analysis of Law

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Interpreting Investment Treaties as Incomplete Contracts: Lessons from Contract Theory

Number of pages: 22 Posted: 31 Mar 2013 Last Revised: 05 Aug 2013
Wolfgang Alschner
University of Ottawa - Common Law Section
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International Investment Law, Incomplete Contracts, Arbitration, Interpretation

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Americanization of the BIT Universe: The Influence of Friendship, Commerce and Navigation (FCN) Treaties on Modern Investment Treaty Law

Goettingen Journal of International Law, Vol. 5, No. 2 (2013)
Number of pages: 32 Posted: 13 Aug 2013 Last Revised: 03 May 2014
Wolfgang Alschner
University of Ottawa - Common Law Section
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bilateral investment treaties, investment law, FCN treaties, second generation

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The Impact of Investment Arbitration on Investment Treaty Design: Myth versus Reality

The Impact of Investment Arbitration on Investment Treaty Design: Myth versus Reality, Yale Journal of International Law, Vol. 42, No. 1, 2017, pp. 1-66.
Number of pages: 66 Posted: 18 May 2016 Last Revised: 15 Jul 2017
Wolfgang Alschner
University of Ottawa - Common Law Section
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Investor-state Arbitration, Bilateral Investment Treaties, Impact, Rule-making

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The Growing Complexity of the International Court of Justice's Self-Citation Network: Institutional Achievement or Access-to-Justice Concern?

European Journal of International Law (Forthcoming), University of Cambridge Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 59/2016
Number of pages: 43 Posted: 04 Sep 2016 Last Revised: 24 Aug 2017
Wolfgang Alschner and Damien Charlotin
University of Ottawa - Common Law Section and HEC
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ICJ, International Court of Justice, Citation Network, Precedent, Text as data, Computational Analysis of Law, Network Analysis

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Text-as-Data Analysis of Preferential Trade Agreements: Mapping the PTA Landscape

Ottawa Faculty of Law Working Paper No. 2017-32, UNCTAD Research Paper No. 5, UNCTAD/SER.RP/2017/5
Number of pages: 29 Posted: 17 Jul 2017 Last Revised: 05 Aug 2017
Wolfgang Alschner, Julia Seiermann and Dmitriy Skougarevskiy
University of Ottawa - Common Law Section, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Students and European University at St. Petersburg
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preferential trade agreements, free trade agreements, text-as-data, similarity, computational analysis of law, trade law, WTO

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The OECD Multilateral Tax Instrument: A Model for Reforming the International Investment Regime?

Brooklyn Journal of International Law, Vol. 45, Issue 1 (2019), Ottawa Faculty of Law Working Paper No. 2019-09
Number of pages: 73 Posted: 17 Jan 2019 Last Revised: 04 Feb 2020
Wolfgang Alschner
University of Ottawa - Common Law Section
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Multilateral instrument, tax regime, investment regime, double taxation treaties, bilateral investment treaties, investment arbitration, reform, OECD

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Towards an Automated Production of Legal Texts Using Recurrent Neural Networks

16th International Conference Artificial Intelligence and Law, Conference Proceedings, June 2017, pp. 229-332., Ottawa Faculty of Law Working Paper No. 2017-27
Number of pages: 5 Posted: 18 Jun 2017 Last Revised: 18 Jul 2017
Wolfgang Alschner and Dmitriy Skougarevskiy
University of Ottawa - Common Law Section and European University at St. Petersburg
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recurrent neural network, artificial intelligence, law, document production, investment treaties, international law

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How Much of the Transpacific Partnership is in the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement?

Ottawa Faculty of Law Working Paper No. 2019-28
Number of pages: 24 Posted: 04 Jul 2019
Wolfgang Alschner and Rama Panford-Walsh
University of Ottawa - Common Law Section and University of Ottawa, Common Law Section, Students
Downloads 282 (140,848)
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USMCA, TPP, Textual Similarity, Narratives, Empirical Analysis

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Sense and Similarity: Automating Legal Text Comparison

Ryan Whalen (ed.), Computational Legal Studies: The Promise and Challenge of Data-driven Research, Edward Elgar (Forthcoming, 2020).
Number of pages: 16 Posted: 12 Mar 2019 Last Revised: 17 Nov 2019
Wolfgang Alschner
University of Ottawa - Common Law Section
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automated text comparisons, law, computational legal studies, text-as-data

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What Can the Negotiations of NAFTA 1.0 Teach Us About the Fate of NAFTA 2.0?

Ottawa Faculty of Law Working Paper No. 2018-05
Number of pages: 16 Posted: 23 Feb 2018 Last Revised: 10 Apr 2018
Wolfgang Alschner, Rama Panford-Walsh and Dmitriy Skougarevskiy
University of Ottawa - Common Law Section, University of Ottawa, Common Law Section, Students and European University at St. Petersburg
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NAFTA, investment law, negotiation, negotiation history, renegotiation, text-as-data, computational analysis

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Consistency and Legal Innovation in the BIT Universe

Stanford Public Law Working Paper No. 2595288
Number of pages: 44 Posted: 18 Apr 2015 Last Revised: 20 Apr 2015
Wolfgang Alschner and Dmitriy Skougarevskiy
University of Ottawa - Common Law Section and European University at St. Petersburg
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Bilateral investment treaties, international investment law, international law, text as data

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Regionalism and Overlap in Investment Treaty Law – Towards Consolidation or Contradiction?

Journal of International Economic Law 17(2), pp. 271-298 (2014)
Number of pages: 48 Posted: 30 Apr 2014 Last Revised: 29 Jun 2016
Wolfgang Alschner
University of Ottawa - Common Law Section
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Arbitration, Trade Law, Investment Law, Overlap, Fragmentation

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The Data-Driven Future of International Economic Law

Forthcoming, 20 Journal of International Economic Law (2017:2, 217-231) as Introduction to Special Issue on New Frontiers In Empirical Legal Research: Text-As-Data And Network Analysis Of International Economic Law
Number of pages: 16 Posted: 28 Jul 2017
Wolfgang Alschner, Joost Pauwelyn and Sergio Puig
University of Ottawa - Common Law Section, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) and University of Arizona - James E. Rogers College of Law
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empirical legal scholarship, big data, international economic law, BIT, WTO, free trade agreements

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The Return of the Home State and the Rise of ‘Embedded’ Investor-State Arbitration

Forthcoming in S. Lalani/ R. Polanco (eds), The Role of The State in Investor-State Arbitration (Martinus Nijhoff/BRILL, 2014)
Number of pages: 30 Posted: 30 May 2014
Wolfgang Alschner
University of Ottawa - Common Law Section
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Investment Law, Arbitration, Investor-State Arbitration, Depoliticization

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Rule-Takers or Rule-Makers? A New Look at African Bilateral Investment Treaty Practice

TDM Special Issue on Int'l Arbitration involving Commercial and Investment Disputes in Africa (Forthcoming)
Number of pages: 24 Posted: 10 Jun 2016
Wolfgang Alschner and Dmitriy Skougarevskiy
University of Ottawa - Common Law Section and European University at St. Petersburg
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Can Robots Write Treaties? Using Recurrent Neural Networks to Draft International Investment Agreements

in F. Bex and S. Villata (eds.), JURIX: Legal Knowledge and Information Systems, IOS Press, 2016, pp. 119-114.
Number of pages: 6 Posted: 14 Jun 2017
Wolfgang Alschner and Dmitriy Skougarevskiy
University of Ottawa - Common Law Section and European University at St. Petersburg
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recurrent neural network, investment treaties, machine learning, legal drafting, text-as-data, artificial intelligence

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Locked in Language: Historical Sociology and the Path Dependency of Investment Treaty Design

in: M.Hirsch & A. Lang (eds)., Edward Elgar Research Handbook on the Sociology of International Law, Forthcoming
Number of pages: 29 Posted: 10 Mar 2017
Wolfgang Alschner
University of Ottawa - Common Law Section
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Investment Law, Investment Treaties, Investment Agreements, Path Dependency, Historical Sociology, Fair and Equitable Treatment, Text as Data, Computational Analysis, Law & Language

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Aligning Loss and Liability – Towards an Integrated Assessment of Damages in Investment Arbitration

Theresa Carpenter, Marion Jansen and Joost Pauwelyn (eds.), "The Use of Economics in International Trade Disputes: Lessons Learned and Challenges Ahead", Forthcoming
Number of pages: 31 Posted: 27 Feb 2015
Wolfgang Alschner
University of Ottawa - Common Law Section
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Damage calculation, valuation, international investment arbitration, WTO

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Amicable Settlements of WTO Disputes: Bilateral Solutions in a Multilateral System

World Trade Review, Forthcoming
Number of pages: 52 Posted: 18 Oct 2012 Last Revised: 05 Nov 2013
Wolfgang Alschner
University of Ottawa - Common Law Section
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WTO, Dispute Settlement, Mutually Agreed Solutions, Amicable Settlements, Memorandum of Understanding

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The Investment Component of Trade Agreements

in: Robert Looney (ed.), "Routledge Handbook in International Trade Agreements", 2018.
Number of pages: 14 Posted: 27 Dec 2017 Last Revised: 26 Dec 2018
Wolfgang Alschner
University of Ottawa - Common Law Section
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investment protection, trade agreements, investment chapters, arbitration

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The New Gold Standard? Empirically Situating the TPP in the Investment Treaty Universe

Journal of World Investment & Trade, Vol. 17, pp. 339-373
Number of pages: 32 Posted: 17 Aug 2016
Wolfgang Alschner and Dmitriy Skougarevskiy
University of Ottawa - Common Law Section and European University at St. Petersburg
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Transpacific Partnership, TPP, investment, text as data

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Ensuring Correctness or Promoting Consistency? Tracking Policy Priorities in Investment Arbitration through Large-Scale Citation Analysis

Forthcoming in Daniel Behn, Ole Kristian Fauchald and Malcolm Langford (eds), Empirical Perspectives on Investment Arbitration (Cambridge University Press 2019)., Ottawa Faculty of Law Working Paper No. 2019-42
Number of pages: 23 Posted: 05 Aug 2019
Wolfgang Alschner
University of Ottawa - Common Law Section
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Investment law reform, investment arbitration, investment treaties, empirical analysis, network analysis, correctness, consistency

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Correctness of Investment Awards: Why Wrong Decisions Don’t Die

Forthcoming, The Law and Practice of International Courts and Tribunals
Number of pages: 18 Posted: 03 Aug 2019 Last Revised: 01 Nov 2019
Wolfgang Alschner
University of Ottawa - Common Law Section
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ISDS, correctness, investment law, international investment treaties, UNCITRAL reform, annulment

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Data Mining, Text Analytics, and Investor-State Arbitration

Forthcoming in: Pietro Ortolani et al. (eds.): International Arbitration and Technology, Wolters Kluwer, Ottawa Faculty of Law Working Paper No. 2021-17
Number of pages: 17 Posted: 01 Jun 2021 Last Revised: 15 Sep 2021
Wolfgang Alschner and Damien Charlotin
University of Ottawa - Common Law Section and HEC
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technology, arbitration, investment law, data science for lawyers, data science, artificial intelligence, text mining, natural language processing, NLP, machine learning, investor-state arbitration, legal analytics, network analysis, predictive analytics, arbitrator analytics

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Convergence and Divergence in the Investment Treaty Universe – Scoping the Potential for Multilateral Consolidation

Trade, Law & Development, Vol. 8, No.2, 2016, pp. 152-183, Ottawa Faculty of Law Working Paper No. 2017-38
Number of pages: 32 Posted: 24 Aug 2017 Last Revised: 05 Sep 2017
Wolfgang Alschner and Dmitriy Skougarevskiy
University of Ottawa - Common Law Section and European University at St. Petersburg
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Investment Law, Investment Treaties, Convergence, Multilateral, Multilateralization, Consolidation, Text-as-Data, Empirical

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Translatability of Law and Legal Technology – Findings from Corpus Analyses and Bilingual Legal Drafting in Canada

Forthcoming in: The Oxford Handbook of Translation and Social Practices (eds. Meng Ji and Sara Laviosa)
Number of pages: 20 Posted: 30 Jul 2019
Wolfgang Alschner and John Mark Keyes
University of Ottawa - Common Law Section and University of Ottawa - Common Law Section
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legislative drafting, translation, bilingualism, legal technology, corpus analysis, artificial intelligence

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Heading for Divorce? Investment Protection Rules in Free Trade Agreements

in: Manfred Elsig, Micheal Hahn and Gabriele Spilker (eds.), "The Shifting Landscape of Global Trade Governance", Cambridge University Press (Forthcoming)., Ottawa Faculty of Law Working Paper No. 2019-03
Number of pages: 25 Posted: 18 Dec 2018
Wolfgang Alschner
University of Ottawa - Common Law Section
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investment law, trade law, convergence, empirical, free trade agreements, investment chapter, investment treaties, BIT, FTA, PTIA

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A Rules-based Approach to Measuring Prescriptivity in Canadian Regulations

Number of pages: 6 Posted: 03 Nov 2018 Last Revised: 03 Feb 2019
Wolfgang Alschner, John Mark Keyes and Peter Zachar
University of Ottawa - Common Law Section, University of Ottawa - Common Law Section and University of Ottawa, Common Law Section, Students
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Legislative drafting, regulations, regulatory reform, prescriptivity, dictionary approach

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Shifting Design Paradigms: Why Tomorrow's International Economic Law May Look More Like the Tax Regime than the WTO

Alschner, Wolfgang. “Shifting Design Paradigms: Why Tomorrow’s International Economic Law May Look More Like the Tax Regime than the WTO.” AJIL Unbound 114 (ed 2020): 270–74. https://doi.org/10.1017/aju.2020.49., Ottawa Faculty of Law Working Paper No. 2020-30
Number of pages: 6 Posted: 04 Nov 2020
Wolfgang Alschner
University of Ottawa - Common Law Section
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International Tax, BEPS, MLI, Trade, Investment, Unilateralism, Reform

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Champions of Protection? A Text-as-Data Analysis of the Bilateral Investment Treaties of GCC Countries

International Review of Law, Vol. 5, No. 3, 2016
Number of pages: 19 Posted: 28 Aug 2017 Last Revised: 16 Sep 2017
Wolfgang Alschner, Dmitriy Skougarevskiy and Mengyi Wang
University of Ottawa - Common Law Section, European University at St. Petersburg and Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar
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GCC, Gulf States, Investment Policy, Investment Treaties, Empirical, Text-as-Data, Gulf Cooperation Council, Arab, Arab World, Investment, Middle East, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Bahrain

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Validating Readability and Complexity Metrics: A New Dataset of Before-and-After Laws

Mercatus Working Paper Series, Ottawa Faculty of Law Working Paper No. 2021-09
Number of pages: 14 Posted: 26 Mar 2021
Wolfgang Alschner
University of Ottawa - Common Law Section
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Readability, Complexity, Flesch-Kincaid, Policy Analytics, Law, Statutes, Plain Language

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The Global Laboratory of Investment Law Reform Alternatives

AJIL Unbound 112 (2018), pp. 237–43. , Ottawa Faculty of Law Working Paper No. 2018-27
Number of pages: 7 Posted: 17 Oct 2018
Wolfgang Alschner
University of Ottawa - Common Law Section
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investment law reform, institutional choice, diversity, pluralism, investment arbitration, empirical

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Text of Trade Agreements (ToTA)—A Structured Corpus for the Text‐As‐Data Analysis of Preferential Trade Agreements

Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, Vol. 15, Issue 3, pp. 648-666, 2018
Number of pages: 19 Posted: 20 Aug 2018
Wolfgang Alschner, Julia Seiermann and Dmitriy Skougarevskiy
University of Ottawa - Common Law Section, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Students and European University at St. Petersburg
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AI and Legal Analytics

in Florian Martin-Bariteau & Teresa Scassa, eds., Artificial Intelligence and the Law in Canada (Toronto: LexisNexis Canada, 2021)
Posted: 04 Dec 2020
Wolfgang Alschner
University of Ottawa - Common Law Section

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AI; canada; legal analytics; legal tech; statistics

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Legal Analytics

Forthcoming, AI and the Law in Canada, T. Scassa & F. Martin-Bariteau, eds. LexisNexis Canada, 2020
Posted: 22 Sep 2020 Last Revised: 28 Sep 2020
Wolfgang Alschner
University of Ottawa - Common Law Section

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Legal analytics, AI, Law, Legal informatics