Network Analysis and Legal Scholarship

German Law Journal, 2017

6 Pages Posted: 27 Oct 2020 Last revised: 3 Nov 2020

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Emanuel V. Towfigh

EBS Law School; Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods

Niels Petersen

University of Muenster – Faculty of Law; Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods

Date Written: 2017

Abstract

In their contribution to this issue Mattias Derlén and Johan Lindholm use social network analysis to show that the European Court of Justice is a precedent-driven constitutional court that is comparable to the US Supreme Court with regard to the citation of precedents. The article and its use of network analysis as a method provoked a lively debate on the editorial board of the German Law Journal about comparative law theory and methods generally and the place of empirical (including network) analyses in the comparative law discipline. For this reason, the editorial board commissioned this “special section” of contributions dedicated broadly to approaches to comparative law. In his essay in this section, for example, Jens Frankenreiter offers a detailed assessment of Derlén’s and Lindholm’s analysis. In this piece, we take a broader perspective and look at the utility and the limits of network analysis for legal scholarship generally.

Keywords: German Law Journal

Suggested Citation

Towfigh, Emanuel V. and Petersen, Niels, Network Analysis and Legal Scholarship (2017). German Law Journal, 2017, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3623791

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Niels Petersen

University of Muenster – Faculty of Law ( email )

Germany

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Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods ( email )

Germany

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