Legal Method and Theory. ORC-Grid and COBRA-C Matrix: Tools for Research and Teaching Law

European Institute for Food Law Working Paper Series 2018/03

39 Pages Posted: 12 Mar 2018

See all articles by Bernd van der Meulen

Bernd van der Meulen

European Institute for Food Law; University of Copenhagen - Institute of Food and Resource Economics

Date Written: March 7, 2018

Abstract

Theory and method of legal sciences have developed and have been refined over a period of more than a millennium. Methodology of positive law has become second nature to the lawyer, to such an extent that one is embarrassed to explain to anyone but a novice the nature of legal enquiry. This paper attempts to voice what often remains unsaid and to make it visible with the help of graphic tools. It attempts to literally map what lawyers do by intuition. Different tools are presented for the purpose of teaching and of research: the ‘ORC-grid’ for teaching and the ‘COBRA-C matrix’ for research.

In this context the paper addresses the question to what extent the emergence of the ‘governance’ concept does or should influence legal method or theory.

Keywords: legal method, legal research, legal theory teaching law, governance

JEL Classification: K20, K23, K30, K32, Q18

Suggested Citation

van der Meulen, Bernd M.J., Legal Method and Theory. ORC-Grid and COBRA-C Matrix: Tools for Research and Teaching Law (March 7, 2018). European Institute for Food Law Working Paper Series 2018/03 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3135873 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3135873

Bernd M.J. Van der Meulen (Contact Author)

European Institute for Food Law ( email )

Muzenplein 3
Amsterdam, 1077wc
Netherlands

University of Copenhagen - Institute of Food and Resource Economics ( email )

Rolighedsvej 25
Copenhagen, 1958
Denmark

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