Making Sense of the Law and Society Movement

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Blocq Daniel

Leiden University - Leiden Law School

Maartje van der Woude

Leiden Law School - Institute for Criminal Law & Criminology

Date Written: December 17, 2018

Abstract

This article aims to deepen scholarly understanding of the Law and Society Movement (L&S) and thereby strengthen debates about the relation between Empirical Legal Studies (ELS) and L&S. The article departs from the observation that ELS, understood as an initiative that emerged in American law schools in the early 2000s, has been quite successful in generating more attention to the empirical study of law and legal institutions in law schools, both in- and outside the US. In the early years of its existence, L&S – another important site for the empirical study of law and legal institutions – also had its center of gravity inside the law schools. But over time, it shifted towards the social sciences. This article discusses how that happened, and more in general explains how L&S became ever more diverse in terms of substance, theory and methods.

Suggested Citation

Daniel, Blocq and van der Woude, Maartje, Making Sense of the Law and Society Movement (December 17, 2018). Erasmus Law Review, Vol. 11, No. 2, 2018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3312272

Blocq Daniel (Contact Author)

Leiden University - Leiden Law School ( email )

P.O. Box 9520
2300 RA Leiden, NL-2300RA
Netherlands

Maartje Van der Woude

Leiden Law School - Institute for Criminal Law & Criminology ( email )

Postbus 9520
Leiden, 2300
Netherlands

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