“Network analysis in law”
Edited by Radboud Winkels, Nicola Lettieri, Sebastiano Faro
“Law Science Technology” – Esi Editore
In the past decade the concept of network has acquired a growingly relevant role in the way we conceptualize, study and measure the world. The computational study of networks in all its declensions has been entering in a variety of fields including social sciences. This volume brings together researchers from computational social science, law and computational legal theory, network science and related disciplines to discuss the actual and potential applications of network analysis in the legal domain. Law is made by people, about and for people and institutions. These people or institutions can be seen as networks, moreover law itself forms networks, sources of law refer to other sources of law and together constitute (part of) the core of the legal system. All these phenomena can be detected, mapped and analysed in order to get deeper insights about their structure, their function and their evolution. The nine contributions collected in the volume deal with these topics offering an up to date overview of the most relevant research strands in this field.
Radboud Winkels is associate professor in Computational Legal Theory at the Leibniz Center for Law of the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Nicola Lettieri is researcher at ISFOL (Rome) and adjunct professor of Legal Informatics at the University of Sannio and of Computational social sciences at the Department of Computer science of the University of Salerno, Italy.
Sebastiano Faro is senior researcher at the Institute of Legal Information Theory and Techniques of the National Research Council of Italy (Florence).