Coherence Out of Chaos: Mapping European Union Law by Running Randomly Through the Maze of CJEU Case Law

Europarättslig Tidskrift, No. 3/2012 pp. 517–535

19 Pages Posted: 19 Jan 2014  

Johan Lindholm

Umeå University

Mattias Derlén

Department of Law, Umeå University

Martin Rosvall

Umea University Deptartment of Physics

Atieh Mirshahvalad

University of Umea

Date Written: September 1, 2012

Abstract

Recent research has demonstrated the ability of network analysis to better understand law. In this study we apply network analysis to the case law of the European Court of Justice (CJEU) in order understand its role as a source of law. In doing so, we apply network analysis tools not previously used in legal scholarship, most significantly (i) a modified version of the PageRank algorithm, (ii) the Map Equation, and (iii) resampling to infer “missing” links. In the article we demonstrate that this method can help us to understand not only the CJEU’s case law but law generally.

Keywords: Empirical legal studies, Empirical legal science, Jurisprudence, Social Networks, Network Analysis, European Union Law, European Law, European Court of Justice, CJEU, ECJ

Suggested Citation

Lindholm, Johan and Derlén, Mattias and Rosvall, Martin and Mirshahvalad, Atieh, Coherence Out of Chaos: Mapping European Union Law by Running Randomly Through the Maze of CJEU Case Law (September 1, 2012). Europarättslig Tidskrift, No. 3/2012 pp. 517–535. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2380775

Johan Lindholm (Contact Author)

Umeå University ( email )

Umeå University
Department of Law
Umeå, Umeå 901 87
Sweden
+46907865603 (Phone)

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Mattias Derlén

Department of Law, Umeå University ( email )

Samhallsvetarhuset, Plan 2
Umea University
Umeå, SE 901 87
Sweden

Martin Rosvall

Umea University Deptartment of Physics ( email )

Samhallsvetarhuset, Plan 2
Umea University
Umeå
Sweden

Atieh Mirshahvalad

University of Umea ( email )

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