On Plagiarism and Power Relations in Legal Academia and Legal Education

21 Pages Posted: 4 Dec 2017 Last revised: 23 Dec 2017

Date Written: November 21, 2017


English Abstract: The article challenges the misconception that legal academia is a harmonious community without internal discrepancies, characterised by common interests, a coherent set of values and standards of behaviour that are unilaterally transposed into the legal profession through the process of legal education. The paper focuses on a case study of a public dispute between two law professors initiated by an article published in one of the main national law magazines wherein one accused the other of plagiarism. Even though the dispute did not come to an unequivocal conclusion, it deserves a closer examination as it clearly exposed two important issues. Firstly, it revealed certain unresolved issues concerning legal writing and legal ethics that are essential elements of the legal profession, as they have a profound impact on legal education and legal practice, and, secondly, it showed that these divergences are at least to some extent related to the latent network of power relations and struggles that dominate the legal (academic) field.

Spanish Abstract: Este artículo cuestiona la creencia de que el mundo jurídico-académico es una comunidad armoniosa sin discrepancias internas, caracterizada por intereses comunes, valores coherentes y parámetros de comportamiento que se transponen de forma unilateral al ejercicio de la profesión jurídica a través de la educación en Derecho. El artículo se centra en el estudio de una disputa entre dos profesores de Derecho, en la cual uno acusaba al otro de plagio. A pesar de que la disputa no se resolvió de forma clara, merece un análisis más cuidadoso, ya que puso de manifiesto dos temas importantes: en primer lugar, algunos conflictos sin resolver sobre la escritura y la ética del derecho que son elementos esenciales de la profesión jurídica, pues tienen un profundo impacto sobre la educación y la práctica del Derecho; y, en segundo lugar, que estos desacuerdos están relacionados con las redes latentes de poder que dominan el campo jurídico-académico.

Keywords: Plagiarism, Pierre Bourdieu, Reflexive Sociology, Academic Field, Legal Ethics, Legal Education, Plagio, Sociología Reflexiva, Campo Académico, Ética Jurídica, Educación Jurídica

Suggested Citation

Štajnpihler Božič, Tilen, On Plagiarism and Power Relations in Legal Academia and Legal Education (November 21, 2017). Oñati Socio-Legal Series, Vol. 7, No. 8, 2017, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3075384

Tilen Štajnpihler Božič (Contact Author)

University of Ljubljana ( email )

Dunajska 104
Ljubljana, 1000

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