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Facts and Norms in Law: Interdisciplinary Reflections on Legal Method

Edited by: Sanne Taekema, Bart Van Klink, Wouter De Been

ISBN13: 9781785361081
Published: July 2016
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Limited
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £85.00

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What role does empirical data play in law? How can we draw normative conclusions from empirical legal research? New insights in philosophy, the social sciences and the humanities have forced the relationship between facts and norms on to the agenda.

This book presents an innovative set of perspectives on the relationship between descriptive and normative elements in legal inquiry and practice. The contributors provide critical insights from a range of different disciplinary traditions and theoretical positions. They discuss topics such as the epistemic dependence of judicial decision-makers, legal doctrine as a non-normative discipline, systems-theory critique and law, and exploring the boundaries of law.

This book will benefit legal academics and graduate students looking to explore issues of methodology. It will also be of great interest to researchers in law and related topics interested in discussions of multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research.


1. Introduction
Wouter de Been, Sanne Taekema and Bart van Klink
2. Facts, Values and Norms
Jaap Hage

3. Imitation of Life: Resonances Between Law and Fact and Fact and Law
Geoffrey Samuel
4. The Epistemic Dependence of Judicial Decision-Makers
Rachel Herdy
5. Facts and Norms in the Behavioural Assumptions of Law
Péter Cserne

6. Legal Doctrine is a Non-normative Discipline: An Argument from Abstract Object Theory
Anne Ruth Mackor
7. Systems Theory, Critique and Law: To Kill Some Darlings?
Lyana Francot
8. A Law and Economics Perspective on Normative Analysis
Alessio M. Pacces

9. Exploring the Boundaries of Law: On the Is-Ought Distinction in Jellinek and Kelsen
Bart van Klink and Oliver W. Lembcke
10. The Natural and the Normative: The Distinction, not the Dichotomy, between Facts and Values in a Broader Context
Maksymilian Del Mar
11. How Should Lawyers Use Sociological Ideas? Juristic Practice and Social Science
Roger Cotterrell

12. The Need for Audacious Fully Armed Scholars: Concluding Reflections
Wibren van der Burg