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The New Gold Standard? Empirically Situating the Trans-Pacific Partnership in the Investment Treaty Universe

Wolfgang Alschner, Dimitriy Skougarevskiy


The article features a novel approach in transposing techniques from computer science to the analysis of law. The submitted contribution was the first to empirically situate the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement in the universe of international investment agreements two months after the first publication of its text.

It stands for an innovate way to digest and analyze legal materials. International treaty networks become increasingly complex and treaties grow in length posing new challenges for international organizations. Text-as-data analysis of law helps to render legal information manageable by applying big data solutions to big data problems. To enhance the accessibility of the research results for the benefit of the international community, the authors also developed a web service accompanying the paper:

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