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Empirical Methods in Legal Research - Case study research

Thursday 17 June 2021

Nkatha Kabira (University of Nairobi and Stellenbosch Institute of Advanced Studies) will discuss case study research in the next session on Empirical Methods in Legal Research.

Legal scholars sometimes use the concept ‘case’ to refer to a legal case. From a socio-legal perspective, the understanding of this concept is, however, slightly different. Case study research is a methodology that is useful to study ‘how’ or ‘why’ questions in real contexts.  You can find a further introduction to case study research on the Leiden Law Methods Portal.

During this session, Nkatha will explain the different approaches towards case study research. She will consider the costs and benefits of different approaches. She will build upon the previous sessions in this series by using gender and decolonial epistemological perspectives.

Nkatha Kabira is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Nairobi and an Iso Lomso Fellow at Stellenbosch Institute of Advanced Studies (STIAS). She completed her doctoral degree at Harvard Law School.  She is the leader of three research projects focused on interdisciplinary approaches to the study of law and governance in Africa: ‘The Future of Legal Education in Eastern Africa’  (Edinburgh Catalyst Fellowship funded by Global Research Fund), ‘The Future of Law in Africa’ (International Research Collaborative at the Law and Society Association US) and ‘The Law of Commissions: A Comparative Study of the Place of Commissions in Law and Governance in Africa’ (STIAS).

The working language of this session is English. Please register with Aleydis Nissen by 14 June (a.m.h.nissen@law.leidenuniv.nl). She will send you an email confirmation with the link needed to access the session.

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