Maturity and Methodology: Starting a Debate About Environmental Law Scholarship

Posted: 30 Jun 2009

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Elizabeth C. Fisher

University of Oxford - Faculty of Law

Bettina Lange

University of Oxford

Eloise A.K. Scotford

University College London - Faculty of Laws

Cinnamon Piñon Carlarne

Ohio State University (OSU) - Michael E. Moritz College of Law

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

Many environmental law scholars perceive environmental law scholarship as immature. We discuss why this self-perception has arisen and argue that a common theme is methodology. We argue that the subject can only mature when we face its methodological challenges head on, and we identify four particular issues that have given rise to these challenges: the speed and scale of legal/regulatory change, the interdisciplinary nature of the subject, the heavy reliance in environmental law on a diverse range of governance arrangements and the multi-jurisdictional nature of the subject. We argue that there is a need for debate in the face of these challenges and identify some starting points for that debate.

Keywords: environmental law scholarship, methodology, interdisciplinarity, environmental governance

Suggested Citation

Fisher, Elizabeth C. and Lange, Bettina and Scotford, Eloise A.K. and Carlarne, Cinnamon Piñon, Maturity and Methodology: Starting a Debate About Environmental Law Scholarship (2009). Journal of Environmental Law, Vol. 21, Issue 2, pp. 213-250, 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1425948 or http://dx.doi.org/eqp012

Elizabeth C. Fisher (Contact Author)

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Bettina Lange

University of Oxford ( email )

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Eloise A.K. Scotford

University College London - Faculty of Laws ( email )

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Cinnamon Piñon Carlarne

Ohio State University (OSU) - Michael E. Moritz College of Law ( email )

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Columbus, OH 43210
United States

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