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Empirical Legal Research in Action

Reflections on Methods and their Applications Edited by Willem H. van Boom, Leiden Law School, Leiden University, the Netherlands, Pieter Desmet, Erasmus School of Law, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands and Peter Mascini, Erasmus School of Law and Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Empirical legal research is a growing field of academic expertise, yet lawyers are not always familiar with the possibilities and limitations of the available methods. Empirical Legal Research in Action presents readers with first-hand experiences of empirical research on law and legal issues.
Extent: 288 pp
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Publication Date: 2018
ISBN: 978 1 78536 274 3
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  • Law - Academic
  • Law and Economics
  • Research Methods in Law
  • Research Methods
  • Research Methods in Law
  • Research Methods
Empirical legal research is a growing field of academic expertise, yet lawyers are not always familiar with the possibilities and limitations of the available methods. Empirical Legal Research in Action presents readers with first-hand experiences of empirical research on law and legal issues.

The chapters, written by an international cast of scholars, reflect on the methods that they have applied in their own empirical work, spanning a wide breadth of research from psychological experiments in personal injury to field studies in sociology and political science. Empirical Legal Research in Action not only reviews the advantages, limitations and challenges that such methods pose but also considers the value of empirical research to lawyers and the law. Vitally, the contributions offer an academic reflection on methodological challenges, as well as the relevance, of empirical research for lawyers.

This insightful book will be useful reading for academic researchers in law and for policymakers seeking to understand the methodological challenges of empirical work in legal research. Social sciences scholars will also find this book of interest to appreciate the multitude of methods in empirical legal research.

‘Many legal scholars and researchers would love to understand more about the mysterious world of empirical legal research. This wonderful collection distils the insight and experience of top empirical scholars in a way that is clear, easy to read and persuasively demonstrates the value of empirical research for legal doctrine. Highly recommended for anyone seeking to learn more about how to conduct empirical legal research or how to read and use empirical legal research in the practice and study of law.’
– Christine Parker, The University of Melbourne, Australia

Contributors: B. Boppre, J.H. Crijns, P. Desmet, C. Engel, J. Etienne, I. Giesen, H.A.M. Grootelaar, P. Mascini, C.P. Reinders Folmer, M. Rorie, S.S. Simpson, W. Voermans, W.H. van Boom, K. van den Bos, I. van Oorschot
Contents:

1. Empirical legal research: charting the terrain
Willem H. van Boom, Pieter Desmet and Peter Mascini

2. Conducting experiments and surveys in the field of administrative justice: on the importance of fair procedures in governance
Hilke A. M. Grootelaar and Kees van den Bos

3. Experimental criminal law: a survey of contributions from law, economics and criminology
Christoph Engel

4. Experimental approaches to private law: the case of redressing personal injury
Christopher P. Reinders Folmer

5. Factorial survey research in the study of environmental regulatory processes
Melissa Rorie, Sally S. Simpson and Breanna Boppre

6. Case studies in administrative law: the example of self-reporting rules in the regulation of business activities
Julien Etienne

7. Cases under construction
Irene van Oorschot and Peter Mascini

8. A traditional lawyer’s perspective on the importance of ELS for legal scholarship
Jan H. Crijns, Ivo Giesen and Wim Voermans

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