Empirical Research in Law

John Baldwin and Gwynn Davis

in The Oxford Handbook of Legal Studies

Published in print June 2005 | ISBN: 9780199248179
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:
Empirical Research in Law


This article considers the contribution to legal scholarship which has been and is being made by research strategies which fall under the broad heading of ‘empirical’. Empirical research in law involves the study, through direct methods rather than secondary sources, of the institutions, rules, procedures, and personnel of the law, with a view to understanding how they operate and what effects they have. It is not a synonym for ‘statistical’ or ‘factual’, and its intellectual depth and significance are not determined by the empirical label but can only be judged by reference to the same standards and the same yardsticks as would be applied to any other academic endeavour.

Keywords: legal theory; empirical research; legal scholarship; statistical

Article.  10184 words. 

Subjects: Law ; Legal System and Practice

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