Law's Empire: Socio-Legal Empirical Research in the Twenty-First Century

14 Pages Posted: 11 May 2007


The first section of this paper provides a description of the main findings and recommendations of the report of the Nuffield Inquiry on Empirical Legal Research, conducted by Professors Hazel Genn, Martin Partington, and Sally Wheeler. Professor Michael Adler also published a paper specifically on research training, and the section also draws upon some of his analysis. The second section gives more context to the report by presenting some data on the increasing penetration of law into all aspects of our lives. The third section takes a critical look at the recommendations and suggests that developing a research capacity in empirical socio-legal research is not going to be easy.

Suggested Citation

Hillyard, Paddy, Law's Empire: Socio-Legal Empirical Research in the Twenty-First Century. Journal of Law and Society, Vol. 34, No. 2, pp. 266-279, June 2007. Available at SSRN: or

Paddy Hillyard (Contact Author)

Queen's University Belfast

David Leir Building
Belfast BT7 1NN, BT9 5AG

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