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Center for Legal Data Science


CLDS establishes a hub for interdisciplinary exchange and knowledge transfer between researchers from various disciplines, including statistics, economics, computer science, political science, sociology, and the law.

To achieve this objective, the CLDS is currently building a wide network of domestic and international partners, including the following:

Digital Society Initiative

The Digital Society Initiative (DSI) at the University of Zurich is a multidisciplinary hub driving research, education, and outreach for the digital transformation of society and science. Supported by all university faculties, the DSI promotes independent scientific reflection and innovation on digital transformation issues. It facilitates national and international collaborations, develops educational programs across faculties, and applies research findings to shape future developments in various sectors. The DSI also strengthens cooperation between academia, society, politics, and business, fostering public dialogue on digital transformation.

ETH Center for Law and Economics

The Center for Law & Economics at ETH Zurich, part of the Department of Humanities, focuses on diverse research areas including intellectual property law, contract law, and legal applications of machine learning. Led by professors Elliott Ash, Stefan Bechtold, and Alexander Stremitzer, the center collaborates with Swiss universities for workshops on Law & Economics and the Law & Economics of Innovation, hosting international experts. It also engages in global collaborations, participating in joint research projects, conferences, and teaching activities across Asia, Europe, and the U.S.

TUM Professorship for Legal Tech

The Professorship in Legal Tech at TUM is dedicated to advancing the field by applying cutting-edge technologies like artificial intelligence, machine learning, data science, and natural language processing to address legal and administrative challenges. Their goals include supporting judicial decisions, improving access to justice, enhancing legal document research, and streamlining public administration processes. Current technical areas of focus encompass natural language processing of legal text, information retrieval, and computational models of legal reasoning and argumentation.

Clinical Research Methods

The Division Clinical Research Methods supports clinical research projects of the Medical Faculty of the University of Zurich (UZH) and partner hospitals. The Division is involved in the translation from methodological research to clinical research, meaning that current methodology in biostatistics and clinical epidemiology are applied to answer clinical research questions. The development and validation of clinical prediction models, the design and analysis of RCTs, the design and analysis of observational studies, as well as systematic reviews and meta-analyses are our main areas of research.

UTokyo DSS

The University of Tokyo Data Science School (UTokyoDSS), part of the Graduate School of Information Science and Technology at the University of Tokyo, has been providing education in data science since 2016. Now in its eighth year, the program welcomes students from all disciplines and graduate schools within the University of Tokyo. UTokyoDSS emphasizes practical application over theoretical study, teaching students how to harness data science to create real-world value. A key feature of the program is the practical data mining course, where students tackle real-world challenges presented by industry partners through our sponsorship program. Over the past eight years, more than 450 students have successfully completed this transformative course.

Center for Reproducible Science (CRS) 

The objective of the Center for Reproducible Science (CRS) is to train the next generation of researchers in good research practices, to develop novel methodologies related to reproducibility and replicability, and to improve the quality of scientific investigation using meta-research. The CRS brings together methodologists from across the University of Zurich (UZH), working in fields which typically do not communicate with each other intensively. CRS is an interdisciplinary think tank fostering interaction between scientific fields and aims to determine sound state-of-the-art solutions to methodological challenges. As a result, UZH researchers can get support from members and fellows of the CRS through training activities, direct collaboration, or simply via publications.

Zentrum für Regulierung und Vertragsrecht

The Centre for Regulation and Contract Law delves into the dynamic interplay of private autonomy, contract freedom, and the evolving role of contract law in contemporary society. As our globalised world places increased emphasis on addressing market failures, they investigate the legitimacy and scope of employing contract law for regulatory purposes. Utilising a methodologically diverse approach, they prioritise (behavioural) economic methods to empirically study legal norms' impact on human behaviour. Their primary focus is on examining potential conflicts between public welfare goals and market-oriented regulations within the framework of contract law. With a collaborative, interdisciplinary team, the centre aims to provide insights, offer educational opportunities, and advise regulators on navigating the intricate relationship between contract law, regulation, and societal objectives.