Corpus of judgments of the European Parliament

The Eur-Lex judgments corpus is a multilingual corpus in all the official languages of the European Union focused only on judgments of the Court of Justice and thus a subset of the whole EUR-Lex corpus. The corpus specification enables to look for translation examples from the field of justice for 23 languages (except for Irish).

Corpus metadata

The corpus contains the same information as the EUR-Lex corpus (CELEX number, document title, year of document, etc.), moreover, there is information relating to the parts of judgements:

<heading> – title of the judgment
<summary>  – summary of the judgment
<parties> – involved parties
<subject> – subject of the case
<judgment> – judgment of the court
<costs> – decision on costs
<operative_part> – operative part

Not all these parts are present in each judgment:

  • Sections in pre-2000 files (before year 2000):
    – summary, parties, subject or grounds, costs, operative_part
  • Sections in post-2000 files (after year 2000):
    – summary, judgment, costs

Search judgment parts

Search texts within particular parts of judgments is available via the CQL form of the Concordance search in Sketch Engine.

[lempos="border-n"] within <summary></summary>

This CQL example shows how to find English judgments with summaries where lemma “border” occurs as noun. See the search result (login required).

A complete set of Sketch Engine tools is available to work with this EUR-Lex judgments corpus to generate:

  • word sketch – collocations categorized by grammatical relations
  • thesaurus – synonyms and similar words for every word
  • word lists – lists of nouns, verbs, adjectives etc. organized by frequency
  • n-grams – frequency list of multi-word units
  • concordance – examples in context
  • trends– diachronic analysis automatically identifies neologisms and changes in use

Search the Eur-Lex judgments corpus

Sketch Engine offers a range of tools to work with the Eur-Lex judgments corpus.

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