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The Future of European Legal Scholarship: Empirical Jurisprudence

24 Pages Posted: 10 Oct 2017  

Arthur Dyevre

KU Leuven

Wessel Wijtvliet

KU Leuven - Faculty of Law

Nicolas Lampach

KU Leuven - Centre for Legal Theory and Empirical Jurisprudence

Date Written: October 10, 2017

Abstract

To avert the twin threats of isolation and marginalization, we argue that European legal research should focus on questions that are important to lawyers and legal reformers and fully embrace the methodology of the social sciences. We identify two research programmes that, we believe, should be of fundamental interest to members of the legal community at large: (1) law as the art of persuasion, and (2) law as social product and instrument of social planning. We show that the questions demarcated by these two research programmes are, and have always been, of interest to lawyers, claims to the autonomy of the legal discipline notwithstanding. We also argue that the rapidly expanding and increasingly eclectic array of empirical research techniques—from text-mining to network analysis and machine learning—makes the turn to Empirical Jurisprudence especially promising.

Keywords: Empirical Jurisprudence, European Legal Research, Methodology

Suggested Citation

Dyevre, Arthur and Wijtvliet, Wessel and Lampach, Nicolas, The Future of European Legal Scholarship: Empirical Jurisprudence (October 10, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3050486

Arthur Dyevre (Contact Author)

KU Leuven ( email )

Tiensestraat 41
Leuven, B-3000
Belgium

Wessel Wijtvliet

KU Leuven - Faculty of Law ( email )

Oude Markt 13
Leuven, Vlaams-Brabant 3000
Belgium

Nicolas Lampach

KU Leuven - Centre for Legal Theory and Empirical Jurisprudence ( email )

Tiensestraat 41
Leuven, B-3000
Belgium

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