Law's Knowledge and Law's Effectiveness: Reflections from Legal Sociology and Legal Theory

23 Pages Posted: 8 Jun 2009

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Peer C. Zumbansen

King’s College London, Dickson Poon Transnational Law Institute

Date Written: June 7, 2009

Abstract

Legal sociology is in a crisis - or so it is said. The field is not widely represented at Law Faculties today and, the claim goes, is in dire need of a new spirit. Meanwhile, scholars who are working in the area cover a wide array of research questions, ranging from criminology to family law, from urban governance to transitional justice, illustrating thus a fine sensitivity for important and fast evolving areas. This paper argues that indeed our times offer a great host of promising opportunities for legal sociological research. In midst of a truly dramatic economic crisis where anchoring points and orientations have been upset, a broad search for adequate regulatory responses is underway. In this climate of reassessing the lessons of reflexive and responsive law, of legal pluralism and 'law & society' with view to their re-invigoration for our times, legal sociology is itself seemingly undergoing a transformation of its own: today's research methodology must pay heed to the advances made since Weber, Durkheim, Ehrlich and Gurvitch and translate them into a distinctly cross-disciplinary context, comparative and transnational context.

Keywords: legal sociology, theory of the state, solitude, abandonment, corporate sponsorship, knowledge, legal effectiveness

JEL Classification: K3, K33

Suggested Citation

Zumbansen, Peer C., Law's Knowledge and Law's Effectiveness: Reflections from Legal Sociology and Legal Theory (June 7, 2009). CLPE Research Paper No. 11/2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1415565 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1415565

Peer C. Zumbansen (Contact Author)

King’s College London, Dickson Poon Transnational Law Institute ( email )

Somerset House East Wing
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London, WC2R 2LS
United Kingdom

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