Research Methods for Law

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Wing Hong Chui
Edinburgh University Press, 2007 - Law - 239 pages
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Research Methods for Law introduces undergraduate and postgraduate students to available methods of research - legalistic, empirical, comparative and theoretical - drawing on actual research projects as examples. The book is written by a team of contributors with a broad range of teaching and research experience in law, criminal justice and socio-legal studies. Designed to serve as a handbook for research methods courses with its coverage of the principal research traditions, the bookwill also appeal to students of related disciplines who have an interest in legal issues including those from criminology, sociology, psychology, government, politics and social administration. The rich mix of general lessons, theoretical engagement and practical examples will be of real value to students.
  

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Contents

Introduction and Overview
1
Chapter 1 Qualitative Legal Research
16
Chapter 2 Quantitative Legal Research
46
Lessons from a Case Study
69
Chapter 4 Comparative Legal Scholarship
87
Chapter 5 Integrating Theory and Method in the Comparative Contextual Analysis of Trial Process
104
Chapter 6 Researching the Landless Movement in Brazil
133
Chapter 7 Nonempirical Discovery in Legal Scholarship Choosing Researching and Writing a Traditional Scholarly Article
159
Chapter 8 Researching International Law
181
Chapter 9 Development of Empirical Techniques and Theory
207
Notes on Contributors
230
Index
234
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Mike McConville is Simon F. S. Li Professor of Law and Director, School of Law at the The Chinese University of Hong Kong Wing Hong (Eric) Chui is Department of Social Work and Social Administration at the The University of Hong Kong

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