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Edinburgh Law School datasets

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Edinburgh Law School has a strong international reputation for empirical and quantitative research. Edinburgh Law School datasets include:

This data relates to an empirical legal research project, ‘WP3C-2 Copyright and civil enforcement’, investigating IP enforcement activity in Scotland and funded by the UK Research Councils via CREATe, the RCUK Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy. As part of this project, an online survey was conducted among firms of Scottish IP legal practitioners: solicitors and patent/trade mark attorneys. The survey was sent to all firms of solicitors having a practice area listing in IP on the Law Society of Scotland’s online directory at as at July 2014 (142 firms). It was also sent to all firms of patent/trade mark attorneys having an office in Scotland as listed with CIPA, ITMA or IPReg as at July 2014 (24 firms). The survey was conducted via SurveyMonkey. Available here are the survey questionnaire and spreadsheet of survey responses; the spreadsheet contains indicative summaries of the questions asked where useful for ease of reference, but should be read more fully in conjunction with the precise survey questions noted in the questionnaire.

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Since the end of the second world war, police recorded crime has risen dramatically in both England and Wales and, to a lesser extent, Scotland. Crime surveys have revealed a less dramatic increase in crime in England and Wales (Mirrlees-Black et al, 1996), and little if any in Scotland (MVA, 1998), and suggest that increases in police recorded crime figures are largely due to an increased propensity for the public to report crime. There is evidence to suggest, however, that there has been a real increase in problem behaviour among young people, paralleled by postwar increases in other psychosocial disorders during the teenage years (Smith and Rutter, 1995). In addition, evidence consistently suggests that the rate of offending among males is higher than that among females, although the gap is starting to narrow.

The Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime (ESYTC) aims to further our understanding of young people's involvement in criminal behaviour, and explore the striking differences in offending rates and anti-social behaviour between males and females. It is a longitudinal study involving an entire year group of children, namely those eligible to start first year of secondary school in the City of Edinburgh in 1998. The cohort comprises approximately 4,300 young people who were aged between 11.5 and 12.5 years at the start of the study. Annual sweeps of data collection are conducted, with the intention of tracking the cohort through their teenage years and into early adulthood. The UK Data Archive currently holds data from Waves One to Four.

While the study focuses entirely on criminal offending among a generation of young people within the City of Edinburgh, the findings are likely to be of wider national and international relevance and importance. National comparisons will be made with other related studies in Scotland and the rest of the UK (such as crime surveys, health and drug studies, etc). The international dimension will be developed through direct comparisons with cohort studies in Denver, Pittsburgh and Rochester, and links with other studies in Chicago, Philadelphia, Dunedin and Stockholm.

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'Lawyers' Edinburgh 1800-2000' is a beginning on the history of leading Edinburgh law firms from 1800-2000, intended to show their long existence, their location in the New Town until very recently, and the identities of their partners.

The database, which also includes images of locations, is the result of a pilot study by Hector MacQueen and Ashley Theunissen (Edinburgh University), funded by the University’s Development Trust Research Fund. The database has been designed so that it can be extended in its coverage of time, space and persons.

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This dataset provides details of all company numbers for companies incorporated in Scotland in October 2009. Details of the companies were taken from the public register prior to 1 December 2017.

Various fields (including whether a company name was identifiable, the type of form that the company was incorporated under and the type of company) were used to narrow this to private companies incorporated within Scotland in that month. The constitutions of those companies were then downloaded between January 2018 and March 2018 to leximetrically code them across 12 variables: convergence with the default rules were coded 0 whilst divergence was coded 1.

Any amendments to the constitutions between the date of incorporation and 1 December 2017 were also subsequently coded.

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The PA-X Peace Agreement Database is a database and repository of peace agreements from 1990 to date, current up until 1 June 2021. PA-X provides a comprehensive dataset of peace agreements from 1990 to mid-2021, capable of underpinning both quantitative and qualitative research.  

PA-X has been designed to provide easy access to peace agreement texts and to allow users to explore patterns of agreements over time, both within processes and across processes.

It aims to be accessible to:

  • mediators and parties in conflict seeking to understand how compromise can be crafted
  • civic actors seeking to influence on-going peace talks and proposals
  • social science researchers interested in understanding peace agreements quantitatively and qualitatively.

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PeaceFem is a mobile phone app providing information on gender provisions, strategies and implementation.

PeaceFem is a mobile phone app that illustrates women’s inclusion in peace processes around the world. PeaceFem provides information about strategies women’s rights advocates have used to influence peace agreements, information about the enabling and constraining factors that shaped the space for influence, and the gender provisions in the peace agreements that resulted and information as to how well they were implemented.

A contribution to the growing field of PeaceTech, which uses technology to support peacebuilding, including peace mediation, PeaceFem brings together data on women and peacemaking in one easy-to-use app in English and Arabic. Intended for use by women’s rights advocates, mediation and negotiation teams, as well as other actors working in peace and security, the app contains strategies for influencing peace processes, as well as the resulting gender-sensitive provisions in peace agreements and data on their implementation.

The app draws on PA-X peace agreement data from the University of Edinburgh, and 30 case studies developed by InclusivePeace and Monash University’s Gender, Peace and Security Centre.

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Playing by its own rules? A quantitative empirical analysis of justificatory reasoning in the registered trade mark case law of the European Court of Justice.

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This workbook contains a list of all of the Scottish companies who had filed certain insolvency related forms (WU15(Scot) or LIQ14(Scot)) between 1 October 2019 and 30 September 2020.

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This data details the locations of castles in the south of Scotland in the 15th century.

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This dataset provides details of all UK incorporated companies with equity listed on the London Stock Exchange as at 30 June 2020. Names, market capitalisation, market admitted to and date of admission were taken from LSE data. This data was then cross referenced against the UK Companies House register to provide each such company with its registered number and jurisdiction of incorporation.

All companies were then cross-referenced against the Association of Investment Companies website. All those not listed on the AIC's website were then examined to identify if any evidence could be identified that their headquarters were outside their jurisdictions of incorporation, with any such jurisdiction being noted.

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A database of all the peace agreements between 1990 and present which contain references to women, sexual violence or gender. The database enables searches by country, conflict, stage of agreement and topic relating to women which the agreement deals with.

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