Is Law an Academic Discipline?
(2016) 50(2) R.J.T.U.M. 433
20 Pages Posted: 3 Aug 2017 Last revised: 18 Sep 2017
Date Written: August 1, 2017
This article engages with the existing literature on the role of legal research in the University by framing the question as whether law is an academic discipline. I answer in the affirmative but my defense of this position is based on a sociological rather than an ontological conception of disciplinarity. Law is an academic discipline not by virtue of its relationship to a specific object or methodology, but by virtue of the institutional recognition of its legitimacy to produce a scholarly discourse. The argument relies on the distinction between points of view internal and external both to law and to disciplines.
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