The Code of Hammurabi (left), ~1754 BC, and digital rain (right), the computer code featured in The Matrix series, ~2000 AD.
Overview

We are deploying the growing corpus of theories, models, and methods from complexity science to analyze and innovate the regulatory and legal mechanisms of society.

Laws regulate complex social systems by imposing constraints and incentives on networks of interactions and on the reward functions that regulate the behaviors of adaptive agents. It is therefore of interest to ask fundamental questions about learning, network structure, and scaling when considering the role of law.

As written legal records represent an incredibly rich time-series of evolving rules, the law is an ideal subject for quantitative inquiry. By convening workshops and working groups, SFI will develop a scientific apparatus for studying, and scientifically informed understanding of, the rule of law.

This four-year program is sponsored by SFI Trustee Andrew Feldstein.