Hanjo Hamann / Publications


The following selection of twelve academic writings accepted for publication is sorted from newest to oldest.
100 % of these texts are Open Access: 67  % Gold (freely available online), 33  % Green (freely accessible below).

12 … Evidence-Based Jurisprudence meets Legal Linguistics. Unlikely Blends Made in Germany, 43 Brigham Young University Law Review 1473–1501 (2018), jointly with Friedemann Vogel

11 … Open Access in German Legal Academia. Challenges and Perspectives, Blog Droit Européen (2017/10/25)

10 … The Fabric of Language and Law. Towards an International Research Network for Computer Assisted Legal Linguistics (CAL²), 6 International Journal of Language & Law 101–109 (2017), jointly with Friedemann Vogel

9 … Computer-Assisted Legal Linguistics. Corpus Analysis as a New Tool for Legal Studies, 42 Law & Social Inquiry 1–24 (2017), jointly with Friedemann Vogel / Isabelle Gauer

Law exists solely in and through language. Nonetheless, systematical empirical analysis of legal language has been rare. Yet, the tides are turning: After judges at various courts (including the US Supreme Court) have championed a method of analysis called corpus linguistics, the Michigan Supreme Court held in June 2016 that this method “is consistent with how courts have understood statutory interpretation.” The court illustrated how corpus analysis can benefit legal casework, thus sanctifying twenty years of previous research into the matter. The present article synthesizes this research and introduces computer-assisted legal linguistics (CAL2) as a novel approach to legal studies. Computer-supported analysis of carefully preprocessed collections of legal texts lets lawyers analyze legal semantics, language, and sociosemiotics in different working contexts (judiciary, legislature, legal academia). The article introduces the interdisciplinary CAL2 research group (www.cal2.eu), its Corpus of German Law, and other related projects that make law more transparent.

8 … Computer Assisted Legal Linguistics (CAL²), in Legal Knowledge and Information Systems. JURIX 2016: The Twenty-Ninth Annual Conference 195–198 (Bex/Villata ed., 2016), jointly with Friedemann Vogel / Isabelle Gauer

7 … The Hog Cycle of Law Professors. An Econometric Time Series Analysis of the Entry-level Job Market in Legal Academia, 11 PLoS ONE 1–22 (e0159815 & e0168041/2016), jointly with Christoph Engel

6 … “Begin at the beginning”. Lawyers and Linguists Together in Wonderland, 3 The Winnower 1–9 (4919/2016), jointly with Friedemann Vogel / Dieter Stein / Andreas Abegg / Łucja Biel / Lawrence M. Solan

5 … Cui Bono, Benefit Corporation? An Experiment Inspired by Social Enterprise Legislation in Germany and the US, 11 Review of Law & Economics 79–110 (2015), jointly with Sven Fischer / Sebastian J. Goerg

4 … Bovigus. Revisiting a Legal Discovery, 52 Journal of Irreproducible Results 29–31 (4/2014)

3 … Unpacking the Board. A Comparative and Empirical Perspective on Groups in Corporate Decision-Making, 11 Berkeley Business Law Journal 1–54 (2014)

2 … Student Participation in Legal Education in Germany and Europe, 10 German Law Journal 1095–1112 (2009), jointly with Lisa Rieder

1 … The Importance of Intercultural Competence in the Development of Successful International Businesses, Social Science Research Network (2004/8/1)