Towards an Integrated Database of International Economic Law (IDIEL) disputes for text-as-data analysis

Alschner, Wolfgang ; Umov, Aleksander

Geneva : The Graduate Institute, Centre for Trade and Economic Integration, 2016 . - 11 p. : ill.

CTEI Working Papers ; 2016-08

Abstract: This paper introduces an infrastructure for the analysis of legal metadata and textual data on international investment and trade disputes. The developed database architecture consists of three main components: (1) a WebCrawler of two key web sites for international economic law dispute information; (2) a document analyzer to transform PDFs into text files, identifying structure and footnotes within document, finding references to other disputes and storing texts as XML; and (3) multiple user interfaces to allow different user types to access the data. The architecture allows users to launch metadata queries and/or to investigate textual corpora. It therefore provides a versatile new framework for international economic law research from various angles and disciplines.

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