The Dissolution of the Social in the Legal Academy

ANU College of Law Research Paper No. 07-06

Australian Feminist Law Journal, Vol. 25, pp. 3-18, 2006

17 Pages Posted: 2 May 2007

Abstract

This valedictory address presents an account of an experiment to set up a Department of Law and Legal Studies within a School of Social Sciences, at La Trobe University in Melbourne, with the aim of emphasising not just the role of law in its social context, but an interdisciplinary approach to the study of law. As with the attempts by the legal realists at Yale and Columbia in the 1920s and 1930s, the experiment was unsuccessful. In light of the evanescence of the vision, the question arose as to whether external political pressures, including the corporatisation of universities and the commodification of higher education, were responsible for inducing significant changes of direction or whether law is inherently resistant to the social.

Keywords: Legal Academy, Socio-legal, Neoliberalism

Suggested Citation

Thornton, Margaret, The Dissolution of the Social in the Legal Academy. ANU College of Law Research Paper No. 07-06, Australian Feminist Law Journal, Vol. 25, pp. 3-18, 2006, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=982304

Margaret Thornton (Contact Author)

ANU College of Law ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200
Australia

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