Common Law Evolution and Judicial Impact in the Age of Information
9 Elon Law Review 1
56 Pages Posted: 17 Jul 2017
Date Written: July 10, 2017
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
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