Legal Networks: The Promises and Challenges of Legal Network Analysis

28 Pages Posted: 17 Jul 2017

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Ryan Whalen

The University of Hong Kong - Faculty of Law

Date Written: 2016

Abstract

The adoption of a “network perspective” has been one of the most influential recent developments in the biological, physical, and social sciences. Legal scholars too have begun to take a network approach, posing legal questions as network problems and exploring legal data from a network perspective. This Article reviews the existing literature on legal network analysis, suggests directions for future work, and notes some important caveats for scholars hoping to adopt network analytic methods.

Keywords: Network Analysis, Legal Networks, Empirical Legal Research

Suggested Citation

Whalen, Ryan, Legal Networks: The Promises and Challenges of Legal Network Analysis (2016). Michigan State Law Review, Vol. 2016, No. 539, 2016, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3000144

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