The Taxonomy of Interdisciplinary Legal Research: Finding the Way Out of the Desert
Mathias M. Siems
Durham University - Durham Law School; University of Cambridge - Centre for Business Research
November 10, 2009
Journal of Commonwealth Law and Legal Education, Vol. 7, pp. 5-17, 2009
This article identifies four different types of interdisciplinary legal research: one basic and three advanced types. Basic interdisciplinary research uses the same questions as starting points as traditional legal research, however, it also considers other academic disciplines in order to answer these questions. Advanced interdisciplinary research goes further: it can either deal with research questions that are not about the law as such (type 1), or incorporate "scientific methods" into legal thinking (type 2), or combine both (type 3.) This new taxonomy is useful in order to identify the benefits and difficulties of different types of interdisciplinary legal research.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 19
Keywords: Legal research, legal scholarship, legal methods, interdisciplinary research, multidisciplinary research, legal science, legal originality
JEL Classification: A12, C00, K00, K12, K22Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: June 15, 2008 ; Last revised: November 10, 2009
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