The Computational Analysis of International Law

Forthcoming in Rossana Deplano and Nicholas Tsagourias (eds), 'Research Methods in International Law: A Handbook'

30 Pages Posted: 2 Aug 2019 Last revised: 24 Sep 2019

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Wolfgang Alschner

University of Ottawa - Common Law Section

Date Written: July 29, 2019

Abstract

When traditional international law techniques reach their conceptual and methodological limits, we need to look for help in other disciplines. International law scholars have in the past drawn inspirations from economics, political science or sociology to enrich the study and our understanding of international law. Now the time has come to add a new discipline to this list: computer science. The computational analysis of international law renders legal analysis scalable and empowers international lawyers to study international law in unprecedented depth and breadth. In this contribution, I provide an overview of computational techniques for the doctrinal and legal-institutional study of international law highlighting this neglected, but increasingly important field of interdisciplinary study.

Keywords: International law, computer science, data science, network analysis, natural language processing, machine learning

Suggested Citation

Alschner, Wolfgang, The Computational Analysis of International Law (July 29, 2019). Forthcoming in Rossana Deplano and Nicholas Tsagourias (eds), 'Research Methods in International Law: A Handbook'. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3428762

Wolfgang Alschner (Contact Author)

University of Ottawa - Common Law Section ( email )

57 Louis Pasteur Street
Ottawa, K1N 6N5
Canada

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