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How to Measure Law?

  • Prof. Kevin E. Davis
Friday 15 December 2017
Kamerlingh Onnes Building
Steenschuur 25
2311 ES Leiden

Socio-legal researchers who attempt to conduct quantitative empirical research inevitably confront a fundamental methodological question: how to measure law? This lecture will identify several major challenges associated with measurement of the characteristics of legal institutions and illustrate those challenges with examples from recent empirical research on law and development and anti-corruption law.

Kevin E. Davis is Beller Family Professor of Business Law at New York University School of Law. His current research focuses on quantitative measures of the performance of legal institutions and anti-corruption law. Before joining NYU he was a member of the faculty at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law. His recent publications include: Transnational Anti-Corruption Law in Action: Cases from Argentina and Brazil, 40 Law & Social Inquiry 664-699 (2015) (with Guillermo Jorge and MaĆ­ra Machado); Legal Indicators: The Power of Quantitative Measures of Law, 10 Annual Review of Law and Social Science 37-52 (2014); Foreign Affairs and Enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, 11 Journal of Empirical Legal Studies 409-445 (2014) (with Stephen Choi); Contracts as Technology, 88 New York University Law Review 83-127 (2013); and, Indicators as a Technology of Global Governance, 46(1) Law & Society Review 71-104 (2012) (with Benedict Kingsbury and Sally Merry).

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