The Taxonomy of Interdisciplinary Legal Research: Finding the Way Out of the Desert

Journal of Commonwealth Law and Legal Education, Vol. 7, pp. 5-17, 2009

19 Pages Posted: 15 Jun 2008 Last revised: 10 Nov 2009

Mathias M. Siems

Durham University - Durham Law School; University of Cambridge - Centre for Business Research

Date Written: November 10, 2009

Abstract

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.

Keywords: Legal research, legal scholarship, legal methods, interdisciplinary research, multidisciplinary research, legal science, legal originality

JEL Classification: A12, C00, K00, K12, K22

Suggested Citation

Siems, Mathias M., The Taxonomy of Interdisciplinary Legal Research: Finding the Way Out of the Desert (November 10, 2009). Journal of Commonwealth Law and Legal Education, Vol. 7, pp. 5-17, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1146162

Mathias M. Siems (Contact Author)

Durham University - Durham Law School ( email )

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University of Cambridge - Centre for Business Research ( email )

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HOME PAGE: http://www.cbr.cam.ac.uk/people/research-associates/mathias-m-siems/

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