Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Does Google manipulate its own Google instant search results?

One could think so - but let’s ‘test’ it with a few google-related searches (yes, I did google google!):











Where does this leave us? 
 
On the one hand, apparently, google is ‘my best friend’, ‘god’, possibly ‘better than bing’, and possibly ‘making me smarter’.... On the other hand, it is ‘evil’, ‘wants to take over the world’, ‘doesn’t care about privacy’ and ‘doesn’t pay tax’ (sic!). 

So, let’s call it a draw – but at least googling may be ‘fun’ (though of course not ‘research’)

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

ISNIE 2013 in Florence (and my slides)

I'm looking forward to this' years ISNIE with wonderful locations in central Florence, starting tomorrow. The figure above is the (controversial?) cover of my slides, which are available here.

Monday, 10 June 2013

Research specialisations of German legal scholars at UK universities

A week ago I posted an updated list of Germans at UK law schools (here).  Now, a very simple analysis of their research: I looked at everyone who had at least two publications on his/her website. Then, I used the following categories, identifying the dominant focus (of course often there are overlaps): scholars whose research is predominantly “European” (including secondary EU law and European human rights), “international”, “comparative”, “German” and “UK”. So, here is the result, in terms of hits (and percentages):
  • European: 21 (34.4 %)
  • International: 19 (31.2%)
  • Comparative: 16 (26.2%)
  • German: 5 (8.2%)
  • UK: 0 (0%)
Overall, not a surprise: European, international and comparative were expected to be most popular; some predominantly German research is also plausible, in particular as regards the most recent arrivals; it also seems plausible that foreigners do not want to become completely ‘UK’, but consider UK (English, Scots) law in its comparative, European or international context.
The question remains what impact a possible UK exit from the EU may have. EU law would not disappear completely, also noting that some non-EU universities have a specialisation on EU law (eg, in Norway but also in the US). Yet, if it really happens (and, as a consequence, EU law would not be a mandatory subject any more, funding opportunities for EU law would disappear etc), I could well imagine that many of the European-law specialists would be inclined to consider posts elsewhere – possibly good news for Irish, Dutch etc universities.

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Germans in UK law schools (updated, eventually)

I did this list of German legal academic at a UK law schools a few times in 2008 and 2009 (here, here, here). Now eventually an update: it should be 90-95% or so complete, and there may also be the odd false positive (please let me know). New names and changes in affiliation are in italics:

Dirk Hanschel (Aberdeen), Gerald Schafer (Aberystwyth), Anton Schutz (Birkbeck), Katharina Moeser (Birmingham), Martin Trybus (Birmingham), Jessica Guth (Bradford), Nina Boeger (Bristol), Christian Heitsch (Brunel), Markus Gehring (Cambridge), Jens Scherpe (Cambridge), Katrin Mueller-Johnson (Cambridge), Friedrich Lösel (Cambridge), Antje Du Bois Pedain (Cambridge), Marc Weller (Cambridge), Tobias Kliem (Canterbury Christ), Beke Zwingmann (Cardiff), Michael Bohlander (Durham), Robert Schutze (Durham), Mathias Siems (Durham), Burkhard Schäfer (Edinburgh), Paul Behrens (Edinburgh), Judith Rauhofer (Edinburgh), Simone Lamont-Black (Edinburgh), Sabine Michalowski (Essex), Greta Bosch (Exeter), Martin Kretschmer (Glasgow), Martina Kunnecke (Hull), Simone Glanert (Kent), Jan Oster (KCL), Michael Schillig (KCL), Alexander Turk (KCL), Oliver Gerstenberg (Leeds), Dagmar Schiek (Leeds), Susanne Karstedt (Leeds), Andrea Gideon (Leeds)Katja Ziegler (Leicester), Anne Witt (Leicester), Sascha Bachmann (Lincoln), Christine Schwobel (Liverpool), Carsten Gerner-Beuerle (LSE), Jan Kleinheisterkamp (LSE), Kai Moller (LSE), Philipp Paech (LSE), Annette Nordhausen Scholes (Manchester), Thomas Krebs (Oxford), Stefan Vogenauer (Oxford), Wolf-Georg Ringe (Oxford), Bettina Lange (Oxford), Konstanze von Papp (Oxford), Guido Westkamp (QMUL), Maxi Scherer (QMUL), Julia Hornle (QMUL), Anne Thies (Reading), Beatrice Krebs (Reading), Werner Menski (SOAS), Alexander Fischer (SOAS), Lutz Oette (SOAS), Gunnar Beck (SOAS), Andreas Ruhmkorf (Sheffield), Tobias Lock (Surrey), Regina Rauxloh (Surrey), Volker Roeben (Swansea), Florian Wagner-von-Papp (UCL), Rike Kraemer (UCL), Sabine Hassler (UWE Bristol), Ralf Rogowski (Warwick), Lydia Schulz (Warwick), Christopher Bisping (Warwick), Stefan Enchelmaier (York).

What accounts for this ‘brain drain’ to the UK? I’d suggest both ‘pull’ and ‘push’ factors. To analyse it properly, of course, one would also have to examine other nationalities too (which I won’t do; but perhaps someone else wants to do it?): eg, going through the websites of universities (btw: I used this as a starting point), it seems to me that there are also a growing number of Italian, Greek but also Chinese names.

PS: I just see that there is also a UK Network of German Academics, coordinated by the DAAD.