Doctrinal Legal Research & Law in Context
- Bruno de Witte
- 14 November 2018
- Kamerlingh Onnes Building
2311 ES Leiden
Legal scholars – whether at the start of their academic career or at a more advanced stage – tend to have difficulties explaining the nature of their activity. They consequently experience problems defending their research and methods, especially towards scholars from other disciplines, most notably the social sciences. This has repercussions for how legal scholarship is perceived in the academic community and influences the way new generations of legal scholars think about what it means to conduct research.
Against this background, the Europa Institute of Leiden Law School, together with the European Research Centre for Economic and Financial Governance, has invited Bruno De Witte, Professor of European law at Maastricht University and the EUI, to give a lecture about legal research and legal methods. In his lecture, Prof. De Witte will reflect on various methods and approaches available to legal scholars, how these influence the nature of their research, and to what extent they resemble or differ from methods in other disciplines. The lecture is open to legal scholars at all career stages as well as researchers from other fields interested in legal methods.