CASE reading, structuring and analyzing decisions by judges


  • Antoinette Muntjewerff


Abstract: It is essential for law students to acquire knowledge about the applicable general rules of law. A major source of applicable rules within the Dutch legal system is, next to statutes, the category of decisions by judges. Law students experience difficulties with finding, reading and comprehending these decisions. CASE (Case Analysis and Structuring Environment) is an instructional environment developed to support students in finding, reading, structuring and analyzing decisions by judges. CASE presents the student an environment in which she can practice with finding, reading, structuring and analyzing a decision in order to determine in what way this decision adds to the body of applicable legal rules. CASE can be used by law teachers to store selected decisions by judges and to add key words and by law students to search, structure and analyze decisions by judges.

Author Biography

Antoinette Muntjewerff

Antoinette Muntjewerff – Assistant Professor in General Legal Theory at the University of Amsterdam. Studied both Educational Science at the Free University in Amsterdam and  Law at the University of Amsterdam, the Catholic University of Nijmegen and the Free University in Amsterdam. Her PhD research involved theoretical and empirical studies into legal case solving. Her PhD thesis describes motivation, design, implementation and evaluation of an instructional environment for learning to solve legal cases PROSA. From 1988 to 2003 she worked as Assistant Professor in Computer Science & Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Amsterdam. From September 1st 2003 she continued working as Assistant Professor at the department of General Legal Theory at the Faculty of Law of the University of Amsterdam. From October 2003 to June 2004 she worked as part time Professor of Legal Methodology at the Faculty of Law of the Free University Brussels on developing a curriculum for Legal Methodology and arranging an electronic practical (a WorkBench) for Legal Methodology. Her research is on modelling legal knowledge and legal reasoning for developing electronic materials for learning the law (see






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