Legal Reading Group

Doctoral Research Fellow Runar Hilleren Lie will discuss the article Judicial Decisions of the European Court of Human Rights: Looking into the Crystal Ball by Masha Medvedeva, Michel Vols and Martijn Wieling, the University of Groningen. 


When courts started publishing judgements, big data analysis (i.e.
large-scale statistical analysis and machine learning) within the legal domain became possible. By taking data from the European Court of Human Rights as an example, we investigate how Natural Language Processing tools can be used to analyse texts of the court proceedings in order to automatically predict (future) judicial decisions. With an average accuracy of 75% in predicting the violation of 9 articles of the European Convention on Human Rights our (relatively simple) approach highlights the potential of machine learning approaches in the legal domain.

About the legal reading group

The legal reading group meets on a regular basis to discuss leading publications on international courts and tribunals. The aim is to develop our understanding of an article/book chapter and how it might be relevant for our own projects, through sharing insights on its substance, merits, and broader context. The reading group is managed by PluriCourts, but open to everyone that is interested.

Published Sep. 19, 2018 3:23 PM - Last modified Nov. 19, 2018 12:18 PM