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The Data-Driven Future of International Law

Data is not only fueling the economy, but has also become an increasingly important driver of empirical legal research. Three reasons are chiefly responsible for this. First, the internet, better search engines and bigger databases today put more international law data from treaties to disputes or arbitrators at a scholar’s disposal than ever before. Second, researchers are beginning to treat the primary material of law – legal texts – as data. By conceiving text as data and transforming it into numerical representation using natural language processing techniques, scholars can analyze more written material than they could ever read. Third, neighboring disciplines, including legal informatics, computer science or the digital humanities, provide international lawyers with new tools for digesting large amounts of legal data including through machine learning and artificial intelligence. In a Special Issue for the Journal of International Economic Law we are beginning to explore this new data-driven frontier in empirical legal scholarship. We have been fortunate to assemble strong contributions that engage with major international economic law debates through a data-driven…

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Arbitrator Independence and Academic Freedom

In international law, members of the discipline often fill a variety of professional roles. Many are scholars and practitioners at the same time; some even act in capacities that are mutually incompatible at the domestic level, such as being counsel and decision-maker at the same time – albeit in different proceedings. Investment arbitration is an area where this…

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Impact Factor – The Food is Bad and What’s More There is Not Enough of It

A loyal reader recently sent me the following email: Just a quick note to let you know that EJIL and I.CON get the first and third position respectively in the general ranking of NON US Law Journals elaborated by Washington and Lee University School of Law (sections non US law journals)  Congratulations!…

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EJIL – the Beginning of an Existential Debate & Masthead Changes

At the last meeting of our Editorial and Scientific Advisory Boards I announced the beginning of a discussion which, in my view, will be the most fateful for the future of EJIL since its founding 23 years ago. There are two linked issues which inform this discussion and they can be stated simply enough, though resolution and decision…

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EJIL Volume 23, Issue 3: In this Issue

The latest issue of EJIL (Vol, 23, Issue no. 3) has just been published. We open this issue with an article by Alan Boyle, who grapples with the future of environmental protection in international law viewed from a human rights law perspective and in relation to three different aspects (i) procedural rights, (ii) the…

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