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By Frans Leeuw, Hans Schmeets

'In 1788 John Adams created a chic ambition for all international locations - 'a executive of legislation and never of men'. within the intervening years we now have come to profit that laws itself works during the interpretations of the various women and men who paintings at the inside of and the skin of the legislations. powerful law therefore relies not just on scrupulous felony research, with its entice precedent, conceptual readability and argumentation, but in addition on sound empirical examine, which regularly unearths variety in implementation, enforcement and observance of the legislation in perform. during this notable, worldly-wise booklet Leeuw and Schmeets display tips on how to bridge the space among the letter and the supply of the legislations. it truly is filled with examples, situations and illustrations that might have foreign charm. i like to recommend it to scholars and practitioners engaged throughout all domain names of laws and regulation.'
- Ray Pawson, college of Leeds, UK


Empirical criminal Research describes tips on how to examine the jobs of laws, law, criminal rules and different felony preparations at play in society. it's precious as a advisor to criminal students, practitioners and scholars on the right way to do empirical criminal examine, overlaying historical past, equipment, facts, progress of data and hyperlinks with normativity. This multidisciplinary method combines insights and techniques from diverse social sciences, review reports, gigantic facts analytics and empirically expert ethics.

The authors current an outline of the roots of this blossoming interdisciplinary area, going again to felony realism, the fields of legislations, economics and the social sciences, and likewise to civilology and review reports. The booklet addresses not just info research and statistics, but in addition the best way to formulate sufficient examine difficulties, to take advantage of (and try out) forms of theories (explanatory and intervention theories) and to use new kinds of literature examine to the sector of legislations comparable to the systematic, swift and realist studies and synthesis reviews. the alternative and structure of analysis designs, the gathering of information, together with mammoth facts, and the way to research and visualize information also are lined. The e-book discusses the tensions among the normative personality of legislations and felony concerns and the descriptive and causal personality of empirical criminal learn, and indicates how one can support deal with this seeming disconnect.

This finished advisor is essential studying for legislation practitioners in addition to for college kids and researchers facing legislation, laws and different felony preparations.

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22. For other examples see the Encyclopedia of Law and Economics (Bouckaert and De Geest, 2001). 40 Empirical legal research 23. De La Grasserie published books on civilology in 1904 and 1906 (Croes and Leeuw, 2011). ’ Now, a century (plus a few years) later civilologists are doing experiments, systematic research reviews, case studies and observational investigations. 24. In the USA Isaiah C. gov/rbc/lcrbmrp/t0b/t0b23. sgm). 25. The political sciences and anthropology could be added to this list.

Instead of trying to cover ‘the’ legal sciences, we only discuss the legal realism-­tradition. 5. Coleman (1960: 152–3) refers to Axel Hägerström who is seen as the founder of the realist movement in Scandinavia, with his ‘successors, particularly Lundstedt and Ross, [who] devoted themselves to the propagation and elaboration of the new “scientific” method of Legal Realism by which they hoped our obsolete structure of society could be transformed into that more perfect society which social science would rationally elaborate by using methods of the same kind as those by which science had brought about the great achievements of modern medicine and technology’.

However, Van Boom (2011: 5) suggests that the ultimate goal of civilology: Roots of empirical legal research ­35 is to do for private law what criminology has been doing for criminal law for decades; that is, to reflect on its function on the basis of facts rather than plausible arguments. What we will not do, however, is neglect, ignore or substitute the arts and languages sides to legal teaching and research. Legal research has direct relevance for society and lawyers may only continue to play their societal roles when they combine the strengths of the arts and languages with the social sciences.

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