This is one of the supporting slide decks published with our May 2023 release

It shows the nine facets of the taxonomy then breaks down the content of each

Read the full slide deck here on Google Drive

'what practical challenges do you face regarding categorisation of legal work?'


we ran a public survey in August 2020 - responses came mainly from lawyers working in law firms or corporate legal departments, and from people with roles in areas such as legal operations, pricing, project management, process improvement and knowledge systems. Samples of what people said are below.

Nov 2020 visualisations

In November 2020, we published the visualisations below to give a high level idea of some of the work done to date within a couple of our initial taxonomy facets: work (which still exists) and contexts (subsequently reworked as perspectives).


We've done a lot since then, publishing v1.0 of our taxonomy in March 2022, which had already moved some way from these early fractal triangles, and v2.0 in May 2023 which has moved even further. But we still have a soft spot for these early concepts, so they're preserved here.

Legal places

As an illustration of what can be built on a solid taxonomical foundation, we've using Tableau Public to show how a taxonomy of places can be combined with various interesting public domain or free-to-remix datasets. Just imagine what you'll be able to do with your own data.

which legal system types do countries have?
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Common law, civil law, sharia and beyond.
This visualisation shows the main legal system of each UN member plus other top-level areas included in ISO 3166-2. Soon we'll go further (Qu├ębec, Louisiana, Scotland and more!)

how does rule of law vary between countries?
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This is our visualisation of the World Justice Project's impressive and free-to-use rule of law dataset combined with the UN country income groups.

is there a correlation between rule of law & GDP per head?
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How does rule of law (data: World Justice Project) map to GDP by head (data: World Bank)? 

which organisations and treaties do countries belong to?Explore >

Most countries belong to organisations of practical legal significance.  The EU, NAFTA and the New York Convention on foreign arbitral awards are only three of the most famous.