DescriptionThis stream considers methodologies and methods in law and society research. In addition to, or instead of, presenting a paper in the normal way, participants are invited to present a brief sketch of their research methodologies, questions or dilemmas that might be considered from a collective perspective. The aim is to support and strengthen understanding of research methods within the UK socio-legal community, enhancing expertise and, where relevant, providing support for thinking about how to craft research questions for funding applications. At the heart of this stream lies a question about what law and society research is. The sessions will take a broad perspective on socio-empirical methods to include using social science methods to investigate legal cultures, consciousness and practices. It will also consider historical, geographical or any other academic perspective asking whether a cross-disciplinary discipline can enrich both our understandings of law and other disciplines. From an internal perspective, the stream will consider how law and society research can work with doctrinal analysis and how and whether to adopt a socio-legal approach when working with legal techniques, particularly legislation and caselaw. The stream aims to be open, inclusive and constructive asking how we can build bridges within legal and academic communities more widely as well as doing research that has constructive impact.
- Research methods