Empirical facts : a rationale for expanding lawyers' methodological expertise

Hutchinson, Terry (2013) Empirical facts : a rationale for expanding lawyers' methodological expertise. Recht en Methode in onderzoek en onderwijs, 2(3), pp. 53-66.

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This article examines the importance of the social evidence base in relation to the development of the law. It argues that there is a need for those lawyers who play a part in law reform (legislators and those involved in the law reform process) and for those who play a part in formulating policy-based common law rules (judges and practitioners) to know more about how facts are established in the social sciences. It argues that lawyers need sufficient knowledge and skills in order to be able to critically assess the facts and evidence base when examining new legislation and also when preparing, arguing and determining the outcomes of legal disputes. For this reason the article argues that lawyers need enhanced training in empirical methodologies in order to function effectively in modern legal contexts.

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ID Code: 65786
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Legal research methods, Empirical facts, Legal research training, Evidence based practice, Social evidence base
ISSN: 2212-2508
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > OTHER LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (189900) > Law and Legal Studies not elsewhere classified (189999)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Research Centres > Law and Justice Research Centre
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Boom Juridische Uitgevers
Deposited On: 07 Jan 2014 23:11
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2014 17:18

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