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Contribution to Book
Redefining Normative Legal Science: Towards an Argumentative Discipline
METHODS OF HUMAN RIGHTS RESEARCH (2009)
  • Jan M Smits
Abstract
Academic legal scholarship increasingly relies on non-normative perspectives. This raises the question what is actually the core of academic legal scholarship and what methodology legal academics should adopt. In this contribution, it is argued that the focus in the present debate should not be on how other disciplines than the law can help us to make the academic study of law more ‘scholarly.’ Instead, the question should be how the legal approach itself can better match the expectations one has about a truly scholarly discipline of law. To this end, the purpose of normative legal scholarship is redefined.
Keywords
  • Legal science,
  • methodology of law
Publication Date
2009
Editor
F. Coomans, F. Grünfeld & M. Kamminga
Publisher
Intersentia
Citation Information
Jan M Smits. "Redefining Normative Legal Science: Towards an Argumentative Discipline" Antwerpen-OxfordMETHODS OF HUMAN RIGHTS RESEARCH (2009)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/jan_smits/28/