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Legal scholars have begun to employ the science of complex adaptive systems, also known as complexity science, to probe descriptive and normative questions about the legal system. This body of work has focused primarily on developing theories of legal complexity and positing reasons for, and ways of, managing it. Moving forward, legal scholars are developing quantitative metrics and methods for measuring and monitoring law’s complexity. This presentation reviews the descriptive and normative theories of law as a complex adaptive system and then reviews where empirical studies are headed.
J.B. Ruhl, Vanderbilt Law School
J. B. Ruhl is an expert in environmental, natural resources and property law, and also studies the legal industry and legal technology. He was named director of Vanderbilt’s Program on Law and Innovation in 2014 and serves as the Co-director of the Energy, Environment and Land Use Program. Before he joined Vanderbilt’s law faculty as the David Daniels Allen Distinguished Chair of Law in 2011, he was the Matthews & Hawkins Professor of Property at the Florida State University College of Law, where he had taught since 1999. (Full bio).