Empirical Studies of the Webs of International Case Law: A New Research Agenda

33 Pages Posted: 9 Oct 2015 Last revised: 30 Nov 2015

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Urska Sadl

European University Institute - Department of Law (LAW); University of Copenhagen - iCourts - Centre of Excellence for International Courts

Henrik Palmer Olsen

University of Copenhagen - iCourts - Centre of Excellence for International Courts

Date Written: June 1, 2014

Abstract

In spite of burgeoning literature on international courts, produced by legal scholars and political scientists, the central question remains unanswered: by what means do international courts shape international law through case law? The problem is, overwhelmingly, methodological. In this contribution, we examine the causes for the cautious stance of legal scholars towards tools and methods of social network analysis for studying case law. We map and critically examine the emerging field of case citation networks through the lens of legal scholarship. We show how these tools can successfully be integrated into legal studies of international case law, acceptable to legal scholars, as well as technically feasible.

Keywords: International case-law, Citation network analysis, Empirical legal studies, Language and law, European Union

Suggested Citation

Sadl, Urska and Olsen, Henrik Palmer, Empirical Studies of the Webs of International Case Law: A New Research Agenda (June 1, 2014). iCourts Working Paper Series No. 8; University of Copenhagen Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2015-7. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2671678 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2671678

Urska Sadl (Contact Author)

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University of Copenhagen - iCourts - Centre of Excellence for International Courts ( email )

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Henrik Palmer Olsen

University of Copenhagen - iCourts - Centre of Excellence for International Courts ( email )

Studiestraede 6
Copenhagen, DK-1455
Denmark

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