Journal of Commonwealth Law and Legal Education, Vol. 7, pp. 5-17, 2009
19 Pages Posted: 15 Jun 2008 Last revised: 10 Nov 2009
Date Written: November 10, 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.
Keywords: Legal research, legal scholarship, legal methods, interdisciplinary research, multidisciplinary research, legal science, legal originality
JEL Classification: A12, C00, K00, K12, K22
Suggested Citation: 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