Adopting Mixed-Methods for Multi-Disciplinary Legal Research: A Framework, Flexibilities and Caveats

Posted: 27 Nov 2017

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Mrinalini Kochupillai

Technical University of Munich; Technical University of Munich, Chair of Business Ethics and Global Governance

Date Written: November 21, 2017

Abstract

Methodology in legal research is growing in relevance, as legal research at both academic and practical levels becomes increasingly complex, involving a diversity of technical disciplines, as well as multiple and multi-cultural stakeholders. In such a scenario, the paper argues that multi-disciplinary research and the mixed research method (involving a combination of qualitative and quantitative research) is both useful and practical. The article is divided into three main sections: Section I first describes the current meaning, understanding and scope of mixed methods and multi-disciplinary research, as well as its importance and applicability to legal research. It also outlines the rationale and relevance of choosing a multi-disciplinary and mixed method research design for present day legal research, especially at doctoral and post-doctoral levels. Section II provides an overview of established frameworks of mixed methods research as described by noted scholars, and suggests a modified framework that can be used by legal researchers. Section III outlines the flexibilities inherent in the described research framework with the help of examples, while also identifying possible limitations and pitfalls that students and researchers seeking to work with this framework need to be aware of.

Keywords: Legal Research, Methodology, Multi-disciplinary Studies, Mixed Methods Research, Qualitative Research Methods, Quantitative Research Method

Suggested Citation

Kochupillai, Mrinalini and Kochupillai, Mrinalini, Adopting Mixed-Methods for Multi-Disciplinary Legal Research: A Framework, Flexibilities and Caveats (November 21, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3075052

Mrinalini Kochupillai (Contact Author)

Technical University of Munich, Chair of Business Ethics and Global Governance ( email )

Arcisstrasse 21
Munich, DE 80333
Germany

Technical University of Munich ( email )

Chair of Business Ethics and Global Goverance
Arcisstr. 21
Munich, Bavaria 80333
Germany

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