Coupette & Hartung on Creating a Culture of Constructive Criticism in Computational Legal Studies

Corinna Coupette (Max Planck Institute for Informatics) and Dirk Hartung (Bucerius Law School; Stanford Codex Center) have posted “Sharing and Caring: Creating a Culture of Constructive Criticism in Computational Legal Studies” on SSRN. Here is the abstract:

We introduce seven foundational principles for creating a culture of constructive criticism in computational legal studies. Beginning by challenging the current perception of papers as the primary scholarly output, we call for a more comprehensive interpretation of publications. We then suggest to make these publications computationally reproducible, releasing all of the data and all of the code all of the time, on time, and in the most functioning form possible. Subsequently, we invite constructive criticism in all phases of the publication life cycle. We posit that our proposals will help form our field, and float the idea of marking this maturity by the creation of a modern flagship publication outlet for computational legal studies.