Common Law Evolution and Judicial Impact in the Age of Information

9 Elon Law Review 1

56 Pages Posted: 17 Jul 2017

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Ryan Whalen

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Faculty of Law

Brian Uzzi

Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management

Satyam Mukherjee

Indian Institute of Management Udaipur; Purdue University - Research Center for Open Digital Innovation (RCODI)

Date Written: July 10, 2017

Abstract

All common law systems draw from the past. As judges draft opinions, they cite to relevant case law to guide their decisionmaking. These citations provide a record of how new legal developments draw on previous holdings. This Article presents the first thorough data-driven analysis of how different patterns of drawing from precedent are related to the influence a judicial opinion has on the evolution of the law.

Keywords: Empirical Legal Studies, Legal Networks, Judicial Impact

Suggested Citation

Whalen, Ryan and Uzzi, Brian and Mukherjee, Satyam, Common Law Evolution and Judicial Impact in the Age of Information (July 10, 2017). 9 Elon Law Review 1, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3000113

Ryan Whalen (Contact Author)

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Brian Uzzi

Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management ( email )

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Satyam Mukherjee

Indian Institute of Management Udaipur ( email )

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Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001
India

Purdue University - Research Center for Open Digital Innovation (RCODI) ( email )

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West Lafayette, IN 47906
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