Young Intelligent International Men

Young Intelligent International Men

Sounds like a personal ad on Craigslist. But it’s actually the demographic of the readership of Opinio Juris. Or at least it is based on the recent informal survey I conducted last week. According to the results of the survey as of yesterday, 83% of our readers are men, 92% are highly-educated (and therefore intelligent, no?), and 58% are “youngish” (34 or below). International? Okay, that wasn’t on the survey, but I will hazard a wild guess that a typical reader of an international law blog is, well, international in orientation.

Here are the specifics from the survey:

83% Male
17% Female

3% 65+
7% 55-64
17% 45-54
15% 35-44
35% 25-34
23% 18-24

92% High Education Level
8% Medium Education Level
0% Low Education Level

For what it’s worth, these findings appear consistent with the general findings of the global survey discussed in the earlier post (younger people rely on the Internet for news gathering more than older people; men value getting their news on the Internet more than women; highly-educated people value getting news online more than less educated people).

Frankly, I am not surprised by these results, with the exception of the small percentage of readers who are women. I always sensed that the typical reader of Opinio Juris was young and highly-educated. But I would never have guessed that 8 out of 10 of our readers are men.

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As a 19 year old woman, I guess I’m a minority here. I’m international though.

Benjamin Davis
Benjamin Davis

Was there a question about what race are the participants? I am curious about color lines in international law in the United States.


Ben Davis

Associate Professor of Law

University of Toledo College of Law