Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Law Professors on YouTube

Ok, I quickly realised that it’s too much: you get almost 2,000 hits for “law professor” and “professor of law” (though with many replications). Thus, just a subjective selection plus an attempt to classify these videos:

Annex: A few more Europeans: Zen Bankowski (Edinburgh, UK); Marco Sassoli (Geneva, Switzerland); Wim Voermans (Leiden, Netherlands); Thomas Hoeren (Muenster, Germany)

Sunday, 14 March 2010

Branches of legal research

I’m just reading a book on econometrics where it’s said that ‘medicine is traditionally divided into three branches: anatomy is about what the body is made of; physiology is about how it works; and pathology is about what can go wrong’ – and that a similar distinction can be found in econometrics (p224). I think the same can be suggested for legal research, relating it to my piece on legal originality as follows: ‘macro-legal research’ looks at the anatomy of the legal system; ‘micro-legal research’ addresses the physiology, i.e. how specific legal rules work; and ‘scientific/non-legal research’ examines the ‘pathology of law’, namely whether legal rules really work the way they were intended to work. In medicine it would incomprehensible to ignore the pathologies ... but that's what legal research had traditionally done (and occasionally still does).

Friday, 5 March 2010

UEA links

Two quick links which only have in common that they concern my current employer, the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich, UK:

Monday, 1 March 2010

What interested me in February