This is the website for the Inquiry on Empirical Legal
Research, which was formally launched at a reception on the 1st December 2003
at the Nuffield Foundation, London. Speakers at the launch included the Rt.
Hon. Lady Justice Brenda Hale DBE, the Rt. Hon. Lord Filkin CBE and Professor
Genevra Richardson, Trustee of the Nuffield Foundation
Inquiry, generously funded by the Nuffield Foundation, has been established
in response to growing concern within the academy and user community about a
perceived dwindling of capacity to undertake rigorous empirical research in
law. It seems that while law is an increasingly important feature of modern
life, we have a decreasing capacity to keep it under empirical examination.
The work of the Inquiry will include the publication and wide dissemination
of a Consultation
Document; regional meetings to discuss the issues raised in the consultation
document; and original research on academic careers, training opportunities
and comparative capacity issues. A series of seminars on emerging issues will
precede the Final Report and Recommendations, due to be published at the end
Further information will be added to this website, as the inquiry progresses.
In the meantime, any comments and questions are welcomed and encouraged. These
may be sent to any of the members of the inquiry listed in the Contacts