Network Structure Reveals Patterns of Legal Complexity in Human Society: The Case of the Constitutional Legal Network

PLoS ONE 14, e0209844 (2019)

11 Pages Posted: 18 Jul 2018 Last revised: 15 Apr 2019

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Bokwon Lee

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)

Kyu-Min Lee

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)

Jae-Suk Yang

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)

Date Written: June 26, 2018

Abstract

Complexity in nature has been broadly found not only in physical and biological systems but also in social and economic systems. Although many studies have examined complex systems and helped us understand real-world complexity, the investigation to the legal complexity has not been thoroughly investigated. Here we introduce a novel approach to studying complex legal systems using complex network approaches. On the basis of the bipartite relations among Constitution articles and Court decisions, we built a complex legal network and found the system shows the heterogeneous structure as generally observed in many complex social systems. By treating legal networks as unique political regimes, we examine whether structural properties of the systems have been influenced as the society changes, or not. On one hand, there is a core structure in all legal networks regardless of any social circumstances. On the other hand, with relative comparison among different regimes’ networks, we could identify characteristic structural properties that reveal their identity. Our analysis would contribute to provide a better understanding of legal complexity and practical guidelines for use in various legal and social applications.

Suggested Citation

Lee, Bokwon and Lee, Kyu-Min and Yang, Jae-Suk, Network Structure Reveals Patterns of Legal Complexity in Human Society: The Case of the Constitutional Legal Network (June 26, 2018). PLoS ONE 14, e0209844 (2019), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3202925 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3202925

Bokwon Lee

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) ( email )

373-1 Kusong-dong
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Taejon 305-701, 130-722
Korea, Republic of (South Korea)

Kyu-Min Lee

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) ( email )

Korea, Republic of (South Korea)

Jae-Suk Yang (Contact Author)

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) ( email )

291 Daehak-ro
Yuseong-gu
Daejeon, 34141
Korea, Republic of (South Korea)

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