Over the past few years, we have hosted a number of conferences devoted to various sub-topics in legal innovation including The Make Law Better Conference, Fin Legal Tech Conference and the Block Legal Tech Conference. We have aggregated videos from these events on TheLawLabChannel.com for you to enjoy at your convenience.
Lots has happened since Mike and I launched this site back in 2009 including a much larger community of folks interested in Computational Law. See the picture above from the Second Post on this blog.
We are rebooting Computational Legal Studies after a ~16 month break and back filling it with content that we have posted on other platforms such as LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.
It is good to be back pursuing the Computational Legal Agenda through this site.
We have a bunch of things in the works including our book “Legal Informatics” which is being released by Cambridge University Press in February 2021!
Daniel Martin Katz & Michael Bommarito
Open Call for Papers for a Special Collection in FRONTIERS in PHYSICS — “The Physics of the Law: Legal Systems Through the Prism of Complexity Science.” So far we have more than 30+ Scholars who have accepted our call for papers but we welcome others who would like to participate. Abstracts are due September 14th.
We welcome Original Research and Reviews where complexity science and quantitative approaches are deployed to evaluate the law / legal systems. Papers will be Peer Reviewed under the standards of Frontiers in Physics (or allied Frontiers Journals).
Papers can be empirical or theoretical but should be technical. If you have any questions feel free to message me.
An Online Virtual Conference will be held in early November.
Full Submission are due in January 2021.
More to come … please share!
Updated Version of our Paper — ’Complex Societies and the Growth of the Law’ is now on SSRN / arXiv. It is primarily a methods and measurement paper combining Network Science, Natural Language Processing, etc. to evaluate the growth of the law as a function of time. #LegalComplexity #LegalScience #NLP #NetworkScience #ComplexSystems #DataScience
SSRN LINK: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3602098
arXiv LINK: https://arxiv.org/abs/2005.07646
ABSTRACT – While a large number of informal factors influence how people interact, modern societies rely upon law as a primary mechanism to formally control human behaviour. How legal rules impact societal development depends on the interplay between two types of actors: the people who create the rules and the people to which the rules potentially apply. We hypothesise that an increasingly diverse and interconnected society might create increasingly diverse and interconnected rules, and assert that legal networks provide a useful lens through which to observe the interaction between law and society. To evaluate these propositions, we present a novel and generalizable model of statutory materials as multidimensional, time-evolving document networks. Applying this model to the federal legislation of the United States and Germany, we find impressive expansion in the size and complexity of laws over the past two and a half decades. We investigate the sources of this development using methods from network science and natural language processing. To allow for cross-country comparisons over time, we algorithmically reorganise the legislative materials of the United States and Germany into cluster families that reflect legal topics. This reorganisation reveals that the main driver behind the growth of the law in both jurisdictions is the expansion of the welfare state, backed by an expansion of the tax state.