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Center for Legal Data Science

UZH Brown Bag Series in Legal Data Science

Organization: Prof. Dr. Tilmann Altwicker (UZH Law Faculty) and Dr. Zhivko Taushanov (CLDS)


The UZH Brown Bag Lunch in Legal Data Science series addresses the growing importance of quantitative research on legal issues. The aim is to facilitate an exchange among researchers on various issues connected to empirical legal research, ranging from data collection and method to the interpretation of results.

For this purpose, in one format of the workshop, researchers are invited to present their own empirical legal research projects. In the other format, current journal articles are discussed (e.g. from the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies). The workshop is open for contributions from the various legal disciplines – public law, criminal law, private law, business law – employing quantitative research methods. Interdisciplinary contributions (e.g. from statistics, economics, political science, sociology, psychology) with a reference to law are also welcome.

The group of participants includes scholars active in the fields mentioned above and is open for PhD students.

Upcoming Meetings

14.03.2024, 12:30 - 13:30, PES 205 (Pestalozzistrasse 24), Dr Ryohei Hisano (University of Tokyo), "Quantitative Comparative Law in the Digital Era: Insights from Informatics".

21.03.2024, 12:30 - 13:30, KUM 1/2/3 (Künstlergasse 15/17), Dr Sébastien Ragot (E. Blum & Co. AG), "Measuring the scope of patent claims using (large) language models".

25.04.2024, 12:30 - 13:30, KOL-E-13 (Senatszimmer), Artur Tim (Universität St. Gallen), "Automation of Legal Argumentation in Tax Matters: Text Generation for Supportive Legal Reasoning".

23.05.2024, 12:30 - 13:30, KOL-E-13 (Senatszimmer), Prof Tilmann Altwicker (Universität Zürich),  "Empirical Approaches to the Principle of Proportionality".

Past meetings

29.02.2024, 12:30 - 13:30, PES 205, Mahdi Khesali (Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods), "Eliciting Values and Social Norms from Folktales – Introducing the Historical Values Survey". 

16.11.2023, 12:30-13:30, PES 205, Prof Andrew Pillar (Thompson Rivers University), "Justice Epidemiology – Developing a Systemic Approach to Measure and Improve Access to Justice". 

19.10.2023, 12:30-13:30, Dr Amit Zac (ETH),  "Markets for Consent: CMPs as superspreaders of privacy-intrusive practices". This rendition was held on Zoom.

28.09.2023, 12:30-13:30, RAA-E-08, Prof Florian Grisel (University of Oxford), "Canceling Disputes: How Social Capital Affects the Arbitration of Disputes on Wikipedia".

25.05.2023, 12:30-13:30, Dr Judith Spirig (UCL), "Political actors, resource curbing and asylum appeal decisions". This rendition was held on Zoom.

27.04.2023, 12:30-13:30, KOL-E-13, Dr Ben Arold (ETH), “Contracts as Amenities: Evidence from Collective Bargaining in Canada"

16.03.2023, 12:30-13:30, KOL-E-13, Tilmann Altwicker (UZH) & Andrej Ilievski (UZH), "Learning Interpretation: A ML-Approach to Legal Interpretation Classification"

4.11.2021, 16.15–17.45, KO2-D-54, Julius Schumann (University of Vienna / UZH), "Remembering Past Cases: Analyzing the Organizational Memory System of the Austrian Supreme Court"

25.11.2021, 16.15-17.45, KO2-D-54, Prof. Dr. Sergio Galletta (University of Bergamo / ETH Center for Law & Economics), "A Machine Learning Approach to Anti-Corruption Policy", (with Elliott Ash and Tommaso Giommoni)

30.10.2019, 16:30–17:30 Uhr, KO2-F-156, Project presentation von Gabriel Gertsch (ETH Law & Econ), "Are Swiss Judges Neutral? Judicial Preferences Across Legal Areas"

16.10.2019, 16:30–17:30 Uhr, KO2-F-156, Project presentation by Prof. Dr. Marc Thommen (UZH Law), "Zahlen und Fakten zu den Strafbefehlen"

24.10.2018, 16.30–17.30 Uhr, KOL-G-220, Project presentation by Dr. Andreas Beerli (ETH KOF), "The Labor Market Effects of Opening the Border: Evidence from Switzerland"

17.10.2018, 16.30–17.30 Uhr, KOL-H-322, Project presentation by Yi-Shan Lee (UZH Economics), "Revealed Privacy Preferences: Are Privacy Choices Rational?"