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Durham Law School

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Publication details for Professor Mathias Siems

Siems, Mathias (2008). Legal Originality. Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 28(1): 147-164.

Author(s) from Durham

Abstract

In legal academia it is highly controversial how to ‘be original’ in legal research. This article will try to maintain an attitude of tolerance in not promoting or discrediting one particular methodology. Instead, it will identify four different ways of ‘being original’. Perhaps the most common approach is to deal with ‘micro-legal questions’. Many legal academics also pursue research in ‘macro-legal questions’. Less common but growing is the importance of ‘scientific legal research’ and research in ‘non-legal topics’.