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Last week I delivered an online presentation titled ‘International Legal Data in Action: Ideas and Applications for the ICJ and PCIJ’ during Panel II of the Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) Workshop “Transforming the Role of International Courts and Tribunals in a New Era of Adjudication” on 16 March 2023. The event was streamed live on YouTube and links to recordings are included in the infobox above. I have also published the slides for the presentation, also linked in the infobox.

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There can be no Data Science without data. However, the availability of legal data sets, particularly corpora in international law, has been rather limited until recently. In this presentation I discuss two new and high-quality international legal sets for the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and the Permanent Court of International Justice (PCIJ). These corpora collect the full-texts and metadata for all majority and minority opinions of both Courts from 1922 to 2022 and are fully compatible with each other. The ICJ corpus is updated twice a year with new data.

I further outline research questions and methods to put this international legal data into action. These include doctrinal analysis, citation analysis, social network analysis and geospatial analysis of full-texts and metadata. References to relevant papers provide an introduction to the research problems and methdologies for researchers who wish to tackle them. The presentation closes with a call for replication though the publication of source code and data.

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Fobbe, S. (2022). Introducing Twin Corpora of Decisions for the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and the Permanent Court of International Justice (PCIJ). Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, 19(2), 491-524.