Contextualising Legal Research

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Contextualising Legal Research

A Methodological Guide

9781035307388 Edward Elgar Publishing
Sanne Taekema, Professor of Legal Theory, Erasmus School of Law, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Bergen, Norway and Wibren van der Burg, Professor of Legal Philosophy and Legal Theory, Erasmus School of Law, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Publication Date: June 2024 ISBN: 978 1 03530 738 8 Extent: c 352 pp
Providing a clear and concise guide to the practicalities of legal research, this informative book presents a methodological framework for law-in-context research design. It argues that legal scholarship relies on the interpretive and argumentative methods of the humanities, but also requires empirical input due to its focus on social reality.

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Providing a clear and concise guide to the practicalities of legal research, this informative book presents a methodological framework for law-in-context research design. It argues that legal scholarship relies on the interpretive and argumentative methods of the humanities, but also requires empirical input due to its focus on social reality.

Contextualising Legal Research discusses core topics including research questions, methods, theoretical frameworks, evaluations and recommendations. It demonstrates how the contextualisation of doctrinal research is a gradual process: while sometimes researchers may include only the output of other disciplines, their research questions often require them to undertake more interdisciplinary research themselves. Ultimately, the book advocates a combination of doctrinal research, empirical disciplines and theoretical-normative perspectives, with extensive discussion on the contribution of the humanities to legal research.

Promoting a practical examination of interdisciplinary doctrinal research, this book is an essential resource for master students and PhD candidates on research methods in law. It is also beneficial for researchers conducting doctrinal and interdisciplinary research.
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‘Anyone who is about to embark on a journey into legal research will confront hard questions of how to provide original new knowledge about law. This book provides invaluable guidance to the uninitiated as well as inspiration to those who seek to advance their research beyond doctrinal description. Highly recommended.’
– Henrik Palmer Olsen, Copenhagen University, Denmark

‘Legal scholars often struggle to articulate the methodological stakes and aims of their research. This book offers an indispensable guide to help meet that challenge. It is a bold new statement of the need for dialogue between legal research and work in other disciplines, including empirical methods and the humanities.’
– Maksymilian Del Mar, Queen Mary University of London, UK
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