Measuring the Impact of Law Research in SA Courts

Danie Ungerer , Hillion Mngomezulu

Partner: law

Year: 2021

Abstract: The are many ways of measuring the impact of academic research in other academic research. Academic research impact measurements include citation count measures like the h-index. The Faculty of Law at the University of Pretoria, however, wants to understand the impact of law research in the courts of South Africa. The projects aim at modelling the "interactions" through the application of graph theory. Graph theory is the study of graphs representing mathematical structures used to model pairwise relations between objects as part of a network. A network comprises many links (edges or ties) and objects (nodes or vertices). This structure allows for the application of Social Network Analysis (SNA) as an applied method of graph theory. SNA enables the analysis of objects (nodes or vertices) in a network at micro level as well as the patterns of relationships (the entire network structure) at a macro level. The project's main aim is to firstly define an appropriate measure for law research impact from node-level network analysis. Further to defining "impact measure" as part of the assignment, this project will also aim to identify law research with high impact in South African courts.

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