Computational Legal Study

A joint research project by Prof. Daniel Katz and Bucerius alumni D. Hartung, C. Coupette, J. Beckedorf

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Bucerius alumni Janis Beckedorf, Corinna Coupette, and Dirk Hartung are currently working on a research project on Computational Legal Studies with visiting researcher Daniel Martin Katz.

Aim of the project

The research project aims to further legal theory and comparative law, advance scholarship on legal methods, and benefit legal practice. As such, the work uses empirical methods to recognize structural and functional differences between legal systems in order to better understand the development of a legal system over time and to give lawmakers methodical instruments for drafting new legislation in a concise and coherent manner.

Multiple publications scheduled

The project will yield multiple publications in law reviews and journals from other scientific fields, both on comparative law and on the general societal impact of changing legal texts. The project is enabled by a research grant from the Bucerius Interdisciplinary Legal Research Program (ILRP) directed by Prof. Dr. Hans-Bernd Schäfer.



Dan Katz is a law professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law and director of The Law Lab at Illinois Tech. He is one of the leading scholars to apply empirical methods in the analysis of legal complexity, a method which is gaining traction in comparative law as well as other fields of legal scholarship.

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