Daniel Gerber is a statistician who works in the research group of Prof. Dr. T. Altwicker at the University of Zurich ( www.ivr.uzh.ch/altwicker ). His philosophy is best expressed with “In God we trust, all others must bring data.” (W.E. Deming). His research focus lies on computer aided human coding for data generation, as well as applying statistical methods to legal datasets. The outline of the current project of the research group of Prof. Dr. T. Altwicker, supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), reads:
The outcome of human rights cases is unpredictable. There are two main reasons for unpredictable outcomes of human rights cases: First, decision making processes at human rights courts (as in ordinary courts) are to some extent opaque, and, second, human rights judges often face (multiple) ‘hard interpretive choices’ when deciding human rights cases. By employing a mixed method approach, combining legal analysis with statistical methods, this study aims to shed light on both factors in the context of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).