The Oxford Handbook of Empirical Legal Research

Paperback | June 17, 2012

EditorPeter Cane, Herbert Kritzer

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The empirical study of law, legal systems and legal institutions is widely viewed as one of the most exciting and important intellectual developments in the modern history of legal research. Motivated by a conviction that legal phenomena can and should be understood not only in normative termsbut also as social practices of political, economic and ethical significance, empirical legal researchers have used quantitative and qualitative methods to illuminate many aspects of law's meaning, operation and impact.In the 43 chapters of The Oxford Handbook of Empirical Legal Research leading scholars provide accessible and original discussions of the history, aims and methods of empirical research about law, as well as its achievements and potential. The Handbook has three parts. The first deals with thedevelopment and institutional context of empirical legal research. The second - and largest - part consists of critical accounts of empirical research on many aspects of the legal world - on criminal law, civil law, public law, regulatory law and international law; on lawyers, judicial institutions,legal procedures and evidence; and on legal pluralism and the public understanding of law. The third part introduces readers to the methods of empirical research, and its place in the law school curriculum.

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The empirical study of law, legal systems and legal institutions is widely viewed as one of the most exciting and important intellectual developments in the modern history of legal research. Motivated by a conviction that legal phenomena can and should be understood not only in normative termsbut also as social practices of political, ...

Peter Cane is Professor of Law at the Australian National University, and Herbert Kritzer is Marvin J. Sonosky Chair of Law and Public Policy at the University of Minnesota.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:1112 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 2.45 inPublished:June 17, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IntroductionPart I: Surveying Empirical Literature1. Martin Innes: Policing2. Wesley Skogan: Crime and Criminals3. Jacqueline Hodgson and Andrew Roberts: Criminal Process and Prosecution4. Antony Bottoms and Andrew von Hirsch: The Crime-Preventive Impact of Penal Sanctions5. Sally Wheeler: Contracts and Corporations6. Julia Black: Financial Markets7. Steve Meili: Consumer Protection8. Elizabeth Warren and Robert Lawless: Bankruptcy and Insolvency9. Linda Haller: Regulating the Professions10. Paul Fenn and Neil Rickman: Personal Injury Litigation11. Herbert Kritzer: Claiming Behaviour as Legal Mobilization12. Mavis Maclean: Families13. Simon Deakin: Labour and Employment Laws14. David Cowan: Housing and Property15. Linda Camp-Keith: Human Rights Instruments16. David Law: Constitutions17. Michael Adler: Social Security and Social Welfare18. Bridget Hutter: Occupational Safety and Health19. Cary Coglianese and Catherine Courcy: The Environment20. Simon Halliday and Colin Scott: Administrative Justice21. Roderick Macdonald: Access to Civil Justice22. Peter Russell: Judicial Recruitment, Training, and Careers23. Sharyn Roach Anleu and Kathy Mack: Trial Courts and Adjudication24. David Robertson: Appellate Courts25. Carrie Menkel-Meadow: Alternative Dispute Resolution26. Neil Vidmar: Lay Decision-Makers in the Legal Process27. Gary Edmond and David Hamer: Evidence Law28. Carrie Menkel-Meadow and Bryant Garth: Civil Procedure and Courts29. Chrisopher Hodges: Collective Actions30. Catalina Smulovitz: Law and Courts on Development and Democratization31. Gregory Shaffer and Tom Ginsburg: How Does International Law Work?32. Richard Moorhead: Lawyers and Other Legal Service Providers33. Margaret Davies: Legal Pluralism34. James Gibson: Public Images and Understandings of Court35. Fiona Cownie: Legal Education and the Legal AcademyPart II: Doing and Using Empirical Legal Research36. Herbert Kritzer: The (Nearly) Forgotten Early Empirical Legal Research37. Lee Epstein and Andrew D. Martin: Quantitative Approaches to Empirical Legal Research38. Lisa Webley: Qualitative Approaches to Empirical Legal Research39. Laura Beth Nielsen: The Need for Multi-Method Approaches in Empirical Legal Research40. Denis Galligan: Legal Theory and Empirical Research41. Martin Partington: Empirical Legal Research and Policymaking42. Antony Bradney: The Place of Empirical Legal Research in the Law School Curriculum43. Christine Harrington and Sally Merry: Empirical Legal Training in the US Academy