The Empirical Turn in International Legal Scholarship

American Journal of International Law, Vol. 106, p. 1, January 2012

Minnesota Legal Studies Research Paper No. 12-09

48 Pages Posted: 14 Feb 2012 Last revised: 5 Jun 2014

Gregory Shaffer

University of California, Irvine School of Law

Tom Ginsburg

University of Chicago Law School

Date Written: January 13, 2012

Abstract

This article presents and assesses a new wave of empirical research on international law. Recent scholarship has moved away from theoretical debates over whether international law “matters,” and focuses instead on exploring the conditions under which international law is created and produces effects. As this empirical research program has matured, it has allowed for new, mid-level theorizing that we call “conditional international law theory.”

Keywords: empirical studies, international law

Suggested Citation

Shaffer, Gregory and Ginsburg, Tom, The Empirical Turn in International Legal Scholarship (January 13, 2012). American Journal of International Law, Vol. 106, p. 1, January 2012; Minnesota Legal Studies Research Paper No. 12-09. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2004640

Gregory C. Shaffer (Contact Author)

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Tom Ginsburg

University of Chicago Law School ( email )

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Chicago, IL 60637
United States

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