Upcoming event: Tracing political and legal texts in EU – Københavns Universitet

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Upcoming event: Tracing political and legal texts in EU

Tracing the development and origins of political and legal text in the EU.

A EURECO collaboration between the Centre for Comparative and European Constitutional Studies (CECS) and the Centre for European Politics (CEP).

The legislative, administrative and judicial institutions of the European Union are creating and making public ever more written material; bills, laws, court rulings, administrative decisions, impact assessment and many other types of important texts. These documents of course offer valuable insights into the workings of the EU, the power balance between the institutions, the state of the acquis and a host of other questions important to political scientist, lawyers and citizens alike. However, in order to leverage this enormous flood of text for research purposes, to find the nuggets of gold in this river of data, EU scholars must adopt new methods and tools that reduce the time and resource requirements to manageable levels. Text reuse methods, a new category of automatic text analysis tools, can help scholars identify and quantify differences and similarities between versions of legal and political texts, tracking both their development and origins. The purpose of the workshop is to demonstrate the usefulness and potential of these tools in both political science and legal scholarship and lay the groundwork for future interdisciplinary collaborative projects.

Workshop schedule:


•        Henrik Hermansson, Postdoc, University of Copenhagen, Department of Political Science. "Text reuse methods in context".

•        Helle Krunke, Professor, University of Copenhagen, Centre for Comparative and European Constitutional Studies. "Why legal scholarship has not yet embraced quantitative content analysis as a method and how these methods can be fruitful for legal research".


•        John Wilkerson, Professor, University of Washington, Department of Political Science. "Studying Institutions using Text Reuse Methods"

•        Chad Oldfather, Professor, Marquette University, Law School. Co-author of "Triangulating judicial responsiveness: Automated content analysis, judicial opinions, and the methods of legal scholarship"

12:30-13:30 – Lunch


•        Angela Tacea, Research Assistant, SciencesPo, Centre d'Études Européennes. “The Law Factory project”

•        Florian Spohr, Research Associate, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Department of Comparative Politics. "Estimating the impact of interest groups on legislation in the German Bundestag"

•        James Cross, Lecturer, University College Dublin, School of Politics and International Relations. "Tracking amendments to legislation with a novel minimum edit distance algorithm: DocuToads"

The workshop is open to any scholars although the number of spaces is limited. Please feel more than free to forward the invitation to anyone you believe to be interested. 

If you are interested in attending, please email Henrik Hermansson at hajh@ifs.ku.dk before the 10thof March.