International Journal of Law in Context Pub Date : 2021-06-10 , DOI: 10.1017/s1744552321000306 Mathias Siems
The COVID-19 crisis has been accompanied by an extensive use of indicators, such as those related to COVID infections and deaths, but also a good number of COVID policy indicators. This paper discusses these indicators from the perspective of a legal scholar with an interest (and some expertise) in comparative law and empirical legal studies. This means that this paper does not engage in the details concerning epidemiological and medical issues of COVID infections and deaths. Rather, it focuses on two main issues: first, it develops and maps a general causal scheme of indicators and their underlying real-world phenomena in the COVID crisis; second, it shows how such a causal scheme has been, and can be, applied in comparative empirical legal research. Yet, it also notes the difficulties of proving causal relationships and some attempts to overcome them.
绘制 COVID-19 危机中指标的因果关系图
COVID-19 危机伴随着广泛使用的指标，例如与 COVID-19 感染和死亡相关的指标，以及大量 COVID 政策指标。本文从对比较法和实证法律研究感兴趣（和一些专业知识）的法律学者的角度讨论这些指标。这意味着本文不涉及有关 COVID 感染和死亡的流行病学和医学问题的详细信息。相反，它侧重于两个主要问题：首先，它制定并绘制了 COVID 危机中指标及其潜在现实世界现象的一般因果关系图；其次，它展示了这种因果关系如何已经并且可以应用于比较实证法律研究。然而，