The Impact of Legal Research on Supreme Court Decisions; Contribution to an assessment of the practical relevance of legal studies
Leading Researcher: Maria Raquel Guimarães
Bibliometrics, assessments of scientific performance and, generally, the more or less objective or subjective methods of assessing the research work produced by legal professionals are topics that have recently preoccupied academia, research centers, researchers and postgraduate students. The importation of methods, formulas, and systems from the exact sciences into the world of legal research seems to be ineluctably imposed, and the need to adapt the way we have worked over many decades appears to be a reality with no way back.
Commonly, the great indexes of publications are bases with little relevance (or even inaccessible according to the object of study...) for national jurists and, in general, for the Latin jurists, whose recognition passes through other type of publications - mainly in their national languages and therefore unlikely to be "quotable" "on a global scale" - and also through "citation and" appropriation" by case law, data not systematized or incipiently treated among us.
The creation of a citation index based on the case-law of the High Courts updated in real time, available on-line in free access, possibly also organized according to the thematic areas of research, would allow to evaluate the impact of the scientific production of the researchers / jurists in "day-to-day" law and the contribution of research centers to "knowledge transfer".
The aim of this project is to form a multidisciplinary team, to put together lawyers and computer science specialists to create a database that will serve as an additional tool for a metric of national scientific production in the area of law, assessing the gap between the Law on the Books and Law in Action.