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Research Methods for Law

Edited by Mike McConville, Wing Hong (Eric) Chui

Edition: 2

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Introduces students to legalistic, theoretical, empirical, comparative and cross-disciplinary research methods, grounded in working examples

New for this edition

  • New chapter on inter- and cross-disciplinary research – essential reading for international students and students with a non-law first degree undertaking research in the areas of law, criminology, psychology and sociology
  • Research ethics has been expanded to a full chapter that includes current plagiarism and imperfect disclosure
  • Brings existing chapters up to date with the newest thinking in legal research

Drawing on actual research projects, Research Methods for Law discusses how legal research as process impacts on research as product. The author team has a broad range of teaching and research experience in law, criminal justice and socio-legal studies, and give examples from real-life research products to illustrate the theory.


Preface and Acknowledgements to Second Edition
Preface and Acknowledgements to First Edition

Introduction and overview
Mike McConville and Wing Hong Chui

  1. Legal Research as Qualitative research
    Ian Dobinson and Francis Johns
  2. Qualitative Legal Research
    Wing Hong Chui
  3. Doing Ethnographic Research: Lessons from a Case Study
    Satnam Choongh
  4. Interdisciplinarity in Legal Research
    Paul Roberts
  5. Integrating Theory and Method in the Comparative Contextual Analysis of Trial Process
    Mark Findlay and Ralph Henham
  6. Comparative Legal Scholarship
    Geoffrey Wilson
  7. Research Ethics and Integrity in Socio-Legal Studies and Legal Research
    Mark Israel
  8. Researching the Landless Movement in Brazil
    George Meszaros
  9. Rejecting the Dominance of Empirical Legal Scholarship – A Better Way of Choosing, Researching and Writing a Scholarly Article
    Michael Pendleton
  10. Researching International Law
    Stephen Hall
  11. Development of Empirical Techniques and Theory
    Mike McConville

Notes on Contributors

About the Author

Mike McConville was Founding Dean and Simon F. S. Li Professor of Law, School of Law in The Chinese University of Hong Kong. His recent publications include: Jury Trials and Plea Bargaining: A True History (with C. L. Mirsky, 2005); Criminal Justice in China: An Empirical Inquiry (with others, 2011); and Criminal Judges (with L. Marsh, 2014).

Wing Hong Chui is Professor in the Department of Applied Social Sciences at the City University of Hong Kong. His recent publications include: The Hong Kong Legal System (with S. H. C. Lo, 2012); Responding to Youth Crime in Hong Kong: Penal Elitism, Legitimacy and Citizenship (with M. Adorjan, 2014); and Understanding Criminal Justice in Hong Kong (2nd ed.) (with T. W. Lo, 2016).

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