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Evaluating Academic Legal Research in Europe

The Advantage of Lagging Behind Edited by Rob van Gestel, Tilburg University, the Netherlands and Andreas Lienhard, University of Bern, Switzerland
Legal academics in Europe publish a wide variety of materials including books, articles and essays, in an assortment of languages, and for a diverse readership. As a consequence, this variety can pose a problem for the evaluation of academic legal research. This thought-provoking book offers an overview of the legal and policy norms, methods and criteria applied in the evaluation of academic legal research, from a comparative perspective.
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Publication Date: 2019
ISBN: 978 1 78811 549 0
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Legal academics in Europe publish a wide variety of materials including books, articles and essays, in an assortment of languages, and for a diverse readership. As a consequence, this variety can pose a problem for the evaluation of academic legal research. This thought-provoking book offers an overview of the legal and policy norms, methods and criteria applied in the evaluation of academic legal research, from a comparative perspective.

The expert contributions explore developments relating to professional versus academic publications, editorial review versus peer review, rankings of journals and law schools versus other reputation mechanisms and a range of other evaluation practices and their intended and unintended effects. Analysing research evaluation practices across more than ten jurisdictions and multiple contexts, this insightful book reveals how evaluation practices differ across Europe. Through this analysis, the book exposes a range of possibilities for further debate and study.

Engaging and topical, Evaluating Academic Legal Research in Europe will be valuable reading for legal academics, university and faculty managers, higher education policy makers and administrators as well as editors of law journals, legal publishers and research foundation and funding bodies.
‘I had the privilege to work with Andreas Lienhard on the topic of Evaluation of Legal Research in Switzerland. In a much-needed further step, he has now, with Rob van Gestel, masterfully broadened the perspective on the European level. As the insightful introduction of the book shows, evaluating academic legal research is neither obvious nor easy. By comparing various national approaches, this book goes a long way towards better understanding a complex and high-stakes matter.’
– Thierry Tanquerel, University of Geneva, Switzerland

‘(Law) is a discipline that is both venerable and vulnerable. In many ways, the legal discipline (my discipline) lags behind most of the other academic domains. If we want our discipline to catch up with the others, we need to develop reliable and transparent international standards for evaluating its quality. I truly hope that this great comparative book, with contributions from the finest legal scholars, will help us make significant progress. This is an issue that needs our urgent attention.’
– Carel Stolker, President of Leiden University and author of Rethinking the Law School – Education, Research, Outreach and Governance



Contributors: A. Bakardjieva Engelbrekt, K. Byland, D. Costa, J. Hojnik, P. Letto-Vanamo, A. Lienhard, D. Mac Síthigh, E. Maier, G. Peruginelli, N. Petersen, K. Purnhagen, A. Ruda Gonzalez, M. Schmied, M. Snel, R. van Gestel



Contents:

Preface

Introduction
Rob van Gestel and Andreas Lienhard

1. Evaluation of academic legal publications in the United Kingdom
Daithi MacSithigh

2. Evaluation of academic legal publications in The Netherlands
Rob van Gestel and Marnix Snel

3. Evaluation of academic legal publications in Germany
Kai Purnhagen and Niels Petersen

4. Evaluation of academic legal publications in Austria
Elisabeth Maier

5. Evaluation of academic legal publications in Switzerland
Andreas Lienhard, Karin Byland and Martin Schmied

6. Evaluation of academic legal publications in Sweden
Antonina Bakardjieva Engelbrekt

7. Evaluation of academic legal publications in Finland
Pia Letto-Vanamo

8. Evaluation of academic legal publications in Italy
Ginevra Peruginelli

9. Evaluation of academic legal publications in France
Delphine Costa

10. Evaluation of academic legal publications in Spain
Albert Ruda-González

11. Evaluation of academic legal publications in Slovenia
Janja Hoinik

12. Evaluation of legal publications on the EU level
Marnix Snel

13. Conclusion and discussion
Rob van Gestel and Andreas Lienhard

Index