Politics of coding: On systematic content analysis of legal text

Last week IE Law School hosted an interesting presentation by Dr. Or Brook, Lecturer in the University of Leeds, in which she shared her experience in conducting systematic content analysis, which represents a shift from an authority to science-based study of the law.

Research, teaching and practice of law are predominately based on the case analysis method. According to this paradigm, the legal scholar or practitioner must identify and articulate the legal rules as they manifest in a limited number of “leading” cases. There is no objective method to identify such cases. Instead, most legal methodologies rely on an authoritative source – such as a judge or prominent scholar – to single out the relevant cases and point out their significance. As such, research, teaching and practice of the law are inherently authority-based.

This chapter presents a different paradigm to understanding law, known as systematic content analysis of legal text. This empirical methodology studies law by analysing a representative dataset of cases, such as courts’ judgments or administrative bodies’ rulings. The scholar – typically having a social science or a legal background – systematically selects, reads and records quantitative or qualitative features of the dataset of cases, categorising them into common themes and drawing inferences about their use and meaning.

24 Jan 2020


Faculty, Global, Comparative and European Law, Law, Politics and Economics

At the global forefront: Madrid and IE Law School named one of the top emerging lawtech hubs

Madrid joins London, San Francisco, Hong Kong and Singapore as a top-10 emerging lawtech scene.

17 Dec 2019


Legaltech and Entrepreneurship, News

IE hosts Legaltech Start-up Demo Fest to discuss global trends

On November 25th, IE´s Legaltech Innovation Farm welcomed legal professionals from across the globe for a conference on the landscape of legaltech ...

02 Dec 2019


Law, Politics and Economics, Legaltech and Entrepreneurship, News
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IE’s Master in Global Corporate Compliance: the only master outside of the US accredited by the CCB®

Upon completion, students will be eligible to access the Certified Compliance & Ethics Professional - International (CCEP-I)® exam, as this ...

29 Nov 2019


Compliance, News

JUIT: When entrepreneurial vision meets Legaltech expertise

What happens when an unstoppable entrepreneurial ambition is combined with expert Legaltech insights? We sat down with Deoclides Neto, Founder and ...

20 Nov 2019


Legaltech and Entrepreneurship, News

SlidingLife: An award-winning startup that brings people’s lives back into focus

SlidingLife is an award-winning platform that connects people with lawyers and psychiatrists to combat the struggles during a divorce. Learn more ...

20 Nov 2019


Legaltech and Entrepreneurship, News

Discussing best practices for internal compliance

On October 29, IE Law School welcomed the LatAm Alliance and other guests for the Ibero-American Conference on Compliance of Eversheds Sutherland. The Alliance,  an innovative platform made up of 22 law firms from 17 countries, is an academic partner of the school with a commitment to upholding the highest standards in its legal services.

At the event’s “Best Practices for Developing Internal Investigations” roundtable, panelists came together to look at the importance of compliance in today’s world. Francisco Hernández-Castillo, Global General Counsel, and Javier Izquierdo, Responsible for Administration at ASG Homes, were joined by José Agustín Preciado from Attorneys-at-Law Fábrega Molino, and Florencia Castagnola, partner at Guyer & Regules.

Attendees, largely comprising compliance lawyers and internal compliance investigators, received a highly practical vision of compliance. Exploring topics such as the future of compliance and current trends in Ibero-America, speakers provided valuable real-world insights in a lively roundtable discussion.

Francisco Hernández-Castillo kicked off the discussion with the question “Why are internal investigations carried out?”. In his presentation, Hernández-Castillo explained that businesses in the US and EU—already the subject of increasing scrutiny—are now being joined under the spotlight by their counterparts in Latin America, Asia and the Middle East.

07 Nov 2019


Compliance, Global, Comparative and European Law, News

Professor Antonio Aloisi on AI and the future of work

Artificial intelligence is changing just about every aspect of how we live our lives, and work certainly is not exempt from this. What are the ...

28 Oct 2019


Faculty, Global, Comparative and European Law, Legaltech and Entrepreneurship

Global perspectives on tax planning challenges

Professor Giulio Allevato spoke of anti-abuse rules and tax planning challenges in three different conferences held at Colombia.

25 Oct 2019


Faculty, Financial and Tax Law, Global, Comparative and European Law

The skills, tools and knowledge every future lawyer needs

Increased automation and digitalization have changed the way legal services are conducted, leaving many asking what the future looks like for ...

20 Oct 2019


Business and Corporate Law, Management Skills, Students Experience

An entrepreneurs say on the London legaltech startup scene

Guillermo Miranda, Winner of the Global Legaltech Venture Day 2019, on the startup scene in London during the Legaltech Venture Day at King´s ...

18 Oct 2019


Legaltech and Entrepreneurship, News

New world, new skills: Why upskilling in law matters

Future lawyers must be able to adapt to the changing landscape of the legal profession. In this context, upskilling is paramount to ...

17 Oct 2019


Global, Comparative and European Law, Management Skills, Students Experience

An inmersion into Israel’s legal tech, start-up scene during the Master in Legaltech

Bernardo Correia Barradas, consultant at the Payment Systems Development Group at the World Bank and student of the Master in Legaltech, shares his ...

14 Oct 2019


Legaltech and Entrepreneurship, Students Experience

IE Law School will be attending the Legal Geek Conference in London

At IE Law School we are excited and very much looking forward to being part of this vibrant and global legaltech startup community that is dedicated ...

10 Oct 2019


Legaltech and Entrepreneurship, News

Dean of IE Law School discusses the future of legal education at enlightED 2019

Javier de Cendra led a discussion panel on "Reinventing Legal Education in the Era of the Tech Revolution" at enlightED in Madrid. Leading experts discussed the main challenges faced by legal education, including technology, globalization and ethics.

“Law schools have forgotten what it means to train lawyers… Law is a vocation designed to help others.” This is how Javier de Cendra, Dean of IE Law School, opened the eye-opening discussion entitled Reinventing Legal Education in the Era of the Tech Revolution at enlightED in Madrid.

The talk, which took place on the massive enlightED stage, included three expert panelists: Almudena Arpón de Mendívil, Secretary-General of the International Bar Association (IBA); Jorge Cerdio, from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México; and Gonzalo Matías, representing the Católica Global School of Law and Co-President of the Law School´s Global League.

Javier opened the discussion reviewing the current state of legal education—specifically in the United States—claiming that the field has been resistant to change. While panelists were all in agreement on this, they each had their own interesting theories and insights as to why.”

07 Oct 2019


Legaltech and Entrepreneurship, Management Skills, News

The T-shaped lawyer: The new skills every future lawyers needs to succeed

Future lawyers must be equipped with the tools necessary to meet the demands of new clientele, preparing them to stand out as they define new legal ...

04 Oct 2019


Global, Comparative and European Law, Legaltech and Entrepreneurship, Management Skills, Students Experience

A challenging and worthy passion

Ekatherine Cibrián, alumni of the Master in Global Corporate Compliance and currently working at Eversheds Sutherland, on her experience, her ...

02 Oct 2019


Business and Corporate Law, Compliance, Students Experience

Sao Paulo Legaltech Venture Day: the ecosystem, the actors & the startups

Guillermo Miranda, Winner of the Global Legaltech Venture Day 2019, on the Brazilian startup ecosystem and how disruptors are transforming the way ...

30 Sep 2019


Legaltech and Entrepreneurship, News

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