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International legal scholarship and the challenge of digitalization


Altwicker, Tilmann (2019). International legal scholarship and the challenge of digitalization. Chinese Journal of International Law, 18(2):217-246.

Abstract

The paper argues that digitalization primarily presents a methodological challenge for international legal scholarship. Three developments are relevant in this context: the datafication of law, computerized information retrieval, and the differentiation of legal knowledge. International legal scholarship has benefited from treating legal texts, legal relationships as well as legal interactions and decision-making “as data”. Typically, quantitative methods used on this data include text mining, network analysis, cluster analysis, and regression analysis. While data-driven scholarship cannot replace a hermeneutic approach to international law, it is likely to change the dimensionality of legal research, require adaptations of the law school curriculum, and enhance the interdisciplinary connectivity of international legal scholarship.

Abstract

The paper argues that digitalization primarily presents a methodological challenge for international legal scholarship. Three developments are relevant in this context: the datafication of law, computerized information retrieval, and the differentiation of legal knowledge. International legal scholarship has benefited from treating legal texts, legal relationships as well as legal interactions and decision-making “as data”. Typically, quantitative methods used on this data include text mining, network analysis, cluster analysis, and regression analysis. While data-driven scholarship cannot replace a hermeneutic approach to international law, it is likely to change the dimensionality of legal research, require adaptations of the law school curriculum, and enhance the interdisciplinary connectivity of international legal scholarship.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:02 Faculty of Law > Institute of Legal Sciences > Constitutional, Administrative and International Law
Dewey Decimal Classification:340 Law
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Political Science and International Relations
Social Sciences & Humanities > Law
Language:English
Date:2019
Deposited On:02 Mar 2020 11:14
Last Modified:29 Jul 2020 14:47
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN:1540-1650
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1093/chinesejil/jmz012
Related URLs:https://www.recherche-portal.ch/permalink/f/1h21i27/ebi01_prod010849134 (Library Catalogue)

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