Big data-based legal research

ZUO Weimin1

(1.Sichuan University Law School)

【Abstract】Big data-based legal research is the latest development of empirical legal research, which will bring revolutionary changes to the paradigm of legal research. At present, there are some misunderstandings among Chinese legal scholars about big data-based legal research, such as equating “a large amount of data” or “structured data” with big data. More importantly, there is also a lack of scientific method for using big data to carry out legal research. In the future, Chinese legal scholars should not only consider the question of how to get better access to legal big data, but also discuss the question of how to correctly understand and appropriately use “a large amount of data.” Moreover, they should make full use of statistical methods to conduct big data-based legal research and explore ways of scientific use of machine learning and other new methods to analyze legal big data. Besides, it is equally important to pay continued attention to the mining and application of “small data” in order to support big data-based legal research, and to strengthen the cultivation of inter-disciplinary research talents.

【Keywords】 legal data; big data based legal research; empirical legal research;

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ISSN:1002-896X

CN: 11-1162/D

Vol 40, No. 04, Pages 139-150

July 2018

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  • 1 The era of big data based legal research
  • 2 Clarification of some foundamental issues of big data-based legal research
  • 3 Big data-based legal research
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