Professor Dr. Radboud Winkels of the Leibniz Center for Law of the University of Amsterdam, Jelle De Ruyter of the University of Amsterdam Faculty of Law, and Henryk Kroese of the University of Amsterdam – Faculty of Natural Science, Mathematics and Information Science, have published Determining Authority of Dutch Case Law, in K. M. Atkinson (Ed.), Legal Knowledge and Information Systems - JURIX 2011: The Twenty-Fourth Annual Conference (pp. 103-112) (IOS Press, 2011). Here is the abstract:
In this paper we present the results of two studies to see whether the analysis of the network of citations between cases can be used as an indication of the relevance and authority in the Dutch legal system. Fowler e.a. [here and here] have shown such results for the US common law system, but given the different status of case law in continental tradition it is not clear whether this will hold in the Netherlands. Moreover, we introduce a way to validate the results using selections made by human experts for legal education. We discuss the results and conclude that network analysis of cases is a useful tool for legal research.