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A Nobel Prize for Law?<sup>*</sup>

William Twining

in Law in Context

Published in print March 1997 | ISBN: 9780198264835
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191682810 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198264835.003.0027
A Nobel Prize for Law?*

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This chapter discusses what legal scholarship can contribute to human welfare and understanding. Listed are some negative answers to the question why is there no Nobel Prize in law, such as: common lawyers have no respect for original thought; academic lawyers are not really academics; there is a difference between what scientists and artists do for humanity and what lawyers do; law is not a discipline in the usual sense; there are no methods unique to legal study; and that the English law and legal system are pragmatic and undoctrinal. Whether or not there should be a Nobel Prize for law is unimportant, not least because the advancement of learning is a collective enterprise, often involving teamwork, multidisciplinary perspectives, and the gradual accumulation of contributions by many participants, most of whom remain anonymous. But there is no reason why law as an institutionalized discipline cannot make significant contributions to human welfare and understanding.

Keywords: Nobel Prize; legal scholarship; human welfare

Chapter.  7782 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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