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(P0-08) Complexity Considers Co-evolution

Law as a whole (both written and unwritten law) is a vast and complicated set of arrangements and actions wherein agents (like businessmen, individuals, companies, lawyers, judges, policemen, government agencies) act: e.g., obey or infringe, enforce, litigate, adjudicate, defend, compete, learn, adapt. All such behaviors form concurrently the legal system, with its sub systems like […] Continue reading → ...

(P0-07) CANSs are Bewildering

Based on our experiences, the application of CANS theory in legal academia tends to meet with showers of questions: What does this different way of thinking about law offer? How exactly does it work and where does it fit in? Will it replace classical legal theory or is it complimentary? And under what logic, does […] Continue reading → ...

(P0-06) CANS theory is eccentric

Our claim is (contrary to what Webb (2014) recently argued in Ratio Juris) that in mainstream legal scholarship the application of CANS theory can hardly be observed at all. Some substantial work is and has been done (e.g., Ruhl (1997), Ruhl (1999), Tussey (2005), Ruhl (2010), Zhang (2014), Ruhl and Katz (2015) and Zhang and […] Continue reading → ...

(P0-05) Regulating Complex Structures is Difficult

Regulation of CANS behavior is difficult, and often the object of cross-disciplinary concern (Clark (1999), Snowden and Boone (2007), Haldane (2009)). Zhang (2014) had, for instance, to conclude that the regulatory problems concerning the legal protection of personal data (of “informational privacy”) result from the networked structures, internal and external to the levels where the […] Continue reading → ...

(P0-04) CANSs and our Working Hypotheses

All individuals and corporations that use and produce personal data are nodes in communication networks. These tend to form communities in practice. Zhang (2014) established that such community networks have the characteristics of complex adaptive systems (hereinafter CANSs for Complex Adaptive Networked Systems). Laws that address the behavior of individuals in such communities cannot but […] Continue reading → ...

(P1-01) Adopting Coase’s Attitude to Method (CAM)

[The current snippet belongs in Part 1 which does “… first discuss mainstream scholarly attitudes towards law, legal theory and complexity combined …”] Most legal people that we meet have a deep-rooted aversion against mathematical stories. And most legal people that we meet expect that complexity stories are mathematical. So they tend to turn their […] Continue reading → ...

(P0-01) Contents

Suggested contents: 1 Law and the Structure of Complexity 2 Law and the Dynamics of Complexity 3 Law for Structure and Dynamics in Ecologies 4 Complexity Theory for Legal Professionals 5 How Legal Arrangements Emerge 6 A Live Example 7 Results 8 The Tao of Law’s Complexity I suggest that we (Kunbei and Aernout) add […] Continue reading → ...

(P0-03) What is complexity law?

Complexity law builds from the proposition that law cannot be fully represented in simple causal models: legal agents constantly change their actions and strategies in response to the outcome they mutually create. This further changes the outcome, which requires them to adjust afresh. Agents thus live in a legal world where their beliefs and strategies […] Continue reading → ...