A Network Analysis of the Singapore Court of Appeal's Citations to Precedent
31 Singapore Academy of Law Journal 246 (2019)
41 Pages Posted: 30 Apr 2019 Last revised: 28 Sep 2019
Date Written: October 24, 2018
This article presents findings from an empirical network analysis of citation practices in Singapore’s highest court. A network of all 987 reported Court of Appeal judgments handed down from 2000 to 2017 is constructed. Network centrality algorithms are used to rank judgments by centrality. Judgments on contract law, particularly on contractual interpretation and terms, emerge as the most central. Based on this, this article argues that more attention can be paid to interpretation per se as a legal skill. More generally, this article establishes a framework for applying network analysis to Singapore jurisprudence on a larger scale.
Keywords: network analysis
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