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A Vision of Global Legal Scholarship

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This chapter sketches a vision of global legal scholarship. Legal scholarship should become global, a term whose understanding is articulated around three characteristics: post-national scholarship, inter-disciplinarity, empirical legal research. Post-national scholarship refers to the relationship between legal scholarship and its traditional object of study, that is, positive law, seen as the law of a particular jurisdiction. Even if it may sound somewhat counter-intuitive, 'inter-disciplinarity' is more appropriate than related concepts such as 'multi-disciplinarity' or 'pluri-disciplinarity'. Indeed, legal scholars should be aware of over-ambition when it comes to inter-disciplinarity. By way of metaphor, the legal scholar could be assimilated to a general practitioner (GP) of medicine. The current surge in empirical legal research remains strongly influenced by social science methodology. While empirical legal research is already enriching legal scholarship, at the same time its full potential still has to be developed.

Keywords: empirical legal research; global legal scholarship; inter-disciplinarity; positive law; post-national scholarship; social science methodology



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