The Limits of Interdisciplinarity and the Practice of Environmental Law Scholarship
26(3) Journal of Environmental Law (2014) pp. 423-441
22 Pages Posted: 2 Dec 2014
Date Written: December 2, 2014
This article utilises the concept of interdisciplinarity as a background against which to reflect on the nature of environmental law scholarship. The article argues that, while interdisciplinary scholarship has some tangible benefits in terms of expanding the perimeters of a discipline, the effects of interdisciplinary work are often exaggerated. In fact, interdisciplinary scholarship may have the unintended consequence of entrenching academic disciplines even further. In light of this, it is argued that environmental law scholarship is best perceived and defined as a deliberative practice which takes place within and speaks to a specific community of scholars – an interpretive community. In order to secure a vibrant discipline, the article argues that the community ought to maintain a flexible, open-ended and broadly defined approach to environmental law scholarship.
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