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Presenter in Invited Roundtable on "Law's Place in the Community of Academic Disciplines," Law & Society Association Meetings

  • Location: New Orleans, LA

Jun 2016, Elizabeth Mertz

If research and publication are central to the importance of an academic discipline, how does law compare to disciplines in the social sciences or humanities? What is law's disciplinary mission, and how is it advanced by legal scholarship? Does practice-oriented legal scholarship comport with high university ideals? Does conceptual legal scholarship have an audience? Does interdisciplinary legal scholarship enable law to retain a disciplinary identity of its own? How important to the acceptance of law as a discipline are historical, cultural or economic factors? How important is acceptance by those outside law's disciplinary circle (e.g., nonlegal scholars, university administrators, grant-funding institutions, and academic publishers)?

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