Structured Problem-Solving: Against the 'Step-by-Step' Method

15 Pages Posted: 27 Feb 2008

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Greg Taylor

University of Adelaide - School of Law; University of Marburg; RMIT University - Graduate School of Business and Law


Recently a German professor has advocated the adoption in this country of the German style of legal problem solving. Occasionally a German author attempts to civilise the common-law world using what is put forward as a more rational approach. But with such endeavours is usually associated a certain lack of self-critical reflection. In this instance an Australian author is able to draw on his studies in Germany to rectify the omission. He shows that the problem-solving method in question conveys a false picture of the nature of legal problem solving and of the law itself, while not possessing the advantages claimed for it.

Keywords: Jurisprudence, legal problem solving, German problem solving method

JEL Classification: K39

Suggested Citation

Taylor, Greg, Structured Problem-Solving: Against the 'Step-by-Step' Method. Monash University Faculty of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2006/58, Deakin Law Review, Vol. 11, No. 1, pp.89-101, 2006, Available at SSRN:

Greg Taylor (Contact Author)

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RMIT University - Graduate School of Business and Law ( email )


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