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Welcome to the Nuffield Inquiry on Empirical Legal Research

Download the Inquiry report, Law in the Real World: Improving our Understanding of How Law Works launched in London at the British Academy on 6 November 206.

DOWNLOAD FULL REPORT (PDF 782k)
DOWNLOAD SUMMARY (PDF 499K)
Download Professor Michael Adlers (University of Edinburgh) report on
'Recognising the Problem: Socio-Legal research Training in the UK'

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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


The 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 of 2004.

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 Page.




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