Subverting Orthodoxy, Making Law Central: A View of Sociolegal Studies

13 Pages Posted: 1 Mar 2003

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Roger Cotterrell

Queen Mary University of London, School of Law

Abstract

The promise of sociolegal research varies for different constituencies. For some legal scholars it has been a promise of sustained commitment to moral and political critique of law and to theoretical and empirical analysis of law's social consequences and origins. To continue to deliver on that promise today, sociolegal studies should develop theory in new forms emphasizing the variety of forms of regulation and the moral foundations on which that regulation ultimately depends. It should demonstrate and explore law's roles in the routine structuring of all aspects of social life and its changing character as it faces the challenge of regulating relations of community not bounded solely by the jurisdictional reach of nation states.

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Cotterrell, Roger, Subverting Orthodoxy, Making Law Central: A View of Sociolegal Studies. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=369734

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