What do Lawyers Have to Count (on)? On the Role of Lawʼs|Empirics in European Legal Studies

Abstract | In Continental Europe, traditional legal thinking is rather remote from empirical research and statistics. Nonetheless lawyers have been trying for more than one hundred years to fuse knowledge about society’s “isʼs and oughts”. Their attempts had to continuously adapt to changes in the dominant intellectual paradigms, and are now framed as discursive argumentation about different normatively infused descriptions of the world. As such, empirical discourse is indispensable for the law and will shape legal education in the future. Complex legal realities require statistical legal thinking. The new academic blog Law’s|Empirics seeks to document and support this development, and provide easily intelligible work-in-progress reports from empirical legal scholars.

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Hanjo Hamann is an assistant professor (with tenure track) at the Wiesbaden University of Business and Law, EBS Law School, in Germany. His research and teaching focus on private law, commercial law, and intellectual property, with particular emphasis on digitalisation and legal linguistics.
Suggested Citation
Hamann, What do Lawyers Have to Count (on)?, LAW’S|EMPIRICS, 05/01/19, DOI: 10.25527/re.2019.01