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Quantitative Methods for Human Rights: From Statistics to “Big Data”

The following paper is the unedited version of a chapter by our own fellow Antoine Nouvet and Frédéric Mégret that will eventually be published in “Research Methodologies in Legal Human Rights Scholarship” edited by Martin Scheinin.

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Quantitative methods in human rights refer to methods that seek to harness the power of numbers and relatively large amounts of data to highlight certain types of human rights violations. Such methods are obviously not exclusive of other approaches (and in fact “some combination of quantitative and qualitative methodologies provides advantages over either alone”) but may in some circumstances provide insights into human rights violations that few other tools can approximate.

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