Judicial Data Analysis

The analysis of large amounts of electronic data (evidentiary or legal) becomes more and more a challenge in European and international justice and legislation. IJA-Forum maintains a roster of analysts qualified in using Computer Aided Qualitative Data Analysis Software (CAQDAS) for the analysis of large amounts of textual, graphic and audio-video data. Using the Judicial Data Analysis services will safe time while at the same time the quality of analysis will increase.

Use of Computer Aided Qualitative Data Analysis Software – Mixed Method Approach

IJA-Forum offers a variety of analyses in European and international justice and legislation, hence currently focussing on legal and evidentiary analysis.

The analytical approach used is mixed methods.

Main Examples

Approximation and Harmonisation in EU-Legislation

Comparative legal analysis is inevitable in the European legal reform process where 28 Member States are required to transpose EU-minimum standards in their legislation and to harmonise their laws with respect to each other. Technically the implementation process as well as monitoring the legal reforms within the EU requires complex legal text analysis. There is a complex body of EU legislation which must be compared to divers regulations within 28 Member states. The mixed-method approach and the use of qualitative data analysis software ensures to grasp the qualitative depth as the quantitative analysis allows to see patterns and correlations between topics and countries. Against this backdrop more efficient policy and legal initiatives can be set up at the EU and national level.

Witnesses Statements Analysis

Altogether there are a few hundred judgments in the field of international criminal justice, produced by ad hoc tribunals, mixed and national courts but also historical cases, which are available in an electronic format and therefore useful for computer aided text analysis. It can be said with certainty that there is no other way which is more efficient and more time saving to identify legal and factual issues reflected in the text of a large number of judgments. Moreover results and analytical findings can be presented in a structured and easy to understand way. E.g. to find all references to “widespread or systematic” in all or a selected group of international judgments would require a lawyer days to just locate all the relevant judgments. Based on the constantly growing judgement data base and the meta search data provided by CaseScreening this selection can be done within minutes or, if the search is more complex, hours. The analysis of data within these selected judgments, following the mixed method approach, allows to systematically provide all relevant information for the final legal assessment.

How to use this service?

Requests for analytical services can be sent via Contact or writing a comment via the “Add comment” function below. Based on the specific details of the request IJA-Forum will provide a proposal for the analysis and describe the results and time frame to be expected. Finally an agreement will be signed containing the key elements of the analysis and obligations of the contracting sides.

Confidentiality issues

IJA-Forum strictly follows international standards of confidentiality. Analysts will only receive the analytical request and data for the analysis, unless otherwise agreed in the contract.

Rates and payment

Hourly and daily rates
This way of payment usually applies to ad hoc requests for analyses. The rates depend on the specifics of analytical work to be conducted for the required analysis. Hourly rates start at 25 Euro (e.g. search and text retrieval). If more conceptual work is required the rate for an hour can go up to 120 Euro.

Project payment
The rates for larger projects or continuous analytical services throughout e.g. a defense case will be determined on the basis of a specific project design.

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