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The New Legal Realism: Studying Law Globally

  • Publication: Cambridge University Press
  • Research area: Law & Globalization

5/3/2016, Carol A. Heimer, Elizabeth Mertz, Sida Liu, Cambridge University Press

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The New Legal Realism: Studying Law Globally

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Contributors include Carol A. Heimer and Sida Liu.

This is the second of two volumes announcing the emergence of the new legal realism. At a time when the legal academy is turning to social science for new approaches, these volumes chart a new course for interdisciplinary research by synthesizing law on the ground, empirical research, and theory. Volume 2 explores the integration of global perspectives and information into our understanding of law. Increasingly, local experiences of law are informed by broader interactions of national, international, and global law. Lawyers, judges, and other legal actors often have to respond to these broader contexts, while those pursuing justice in various global contexts must wrestle with the specific problems of translation that emerge when different concepts of law and local circumstances interact. Using empirical research, the authors in this path-breaking volume shed light on current developments in law at a global level.

  • Demonstrates the importance of interdisciplinary translation between law and social sciences
  • Introduces readers to the scholarship of today's leading new legal realists
  • Shows how new legal realism can provide a broader lens than the empirical legal studies movement

Volume II of The New Legal Realism is now available for purchase on Amazon and Cambridge University Press.

Please find the chapter abstracts here.

Listen to the New Legal Realism Podcast

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