Research Methods for Law

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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 book will 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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Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents


Preface and Acknowledgements     vii
Introduction and Overview   Mike McConville   Wing Hong Chui     1
Qualitative Legal Research   Ian Dobinson   Francis Johns     16
Quantitative Legal Research   Wing Hong Chui     46
Doing Ethnographic Research: Lessons from a Case Study   Satnam Choongh     69
Comparative Legal Scholarship   Geoffrey Wilson     87
Integrating Theory and Method in the Comparative Contextual Analysis of Trial Process   Mark Findlay   Ralph Henham     104
Researching the Landless Movement in Brazil   George Meszaros     133
Non-empirical Discovery in Legal Scholarship-Choosing, Researching and Writing a Traditional Scholarly Article   Michael Pendleton     159
Researching International Law   Stephen Hall     181
Development of Empirical Techniques and Theory   Mike McConville     207
Notes on Contributors     230
Index     234
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