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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), Prof. Dr. Elliott Ash (ETH Center for Law & Economics), Dr. Andreas Beerli (ETH KOF), Prof. Dr. Adrian Künzler (UZH Law Faculty) and Prof. Dr. Michel Maréchal (UZH Economics)


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

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". 

19.10.2023, 12:30-13:30, online (Meeting-ID: 621 6322 0088 / Code: 750263), Dr Amit Zac (ETH),  "Markets for Consent: CMPs as superspreaders of privacy-intrusive practices".

07.12.2023, 12:30-13:30, online (Meeting-ID: 621 6322 0088 / Code: 750263), MSc Caio Malaquias (Universidade Federal de Pernambuco), "Vote, voice, and loyalty: a natural language processing and ideology distribution model on parliamentary vote, party discourse, and affective polarization in multiparty presidentialism".

Past meetings

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?"