Law in Context

The Law department has a strong tradition in legal research which seeks to explain and understand law in its social, political and economic context rather than as a detached and autonomous system of rules and principles (the so-called law in context approach). 

Several members of the department and researchers are asking questions about the empirical foundations behind theoretical claims, and seek to unpack the process of how legal rules arise from social interactions and shape social outcomes, and examine the potential impact of legal rules on daily practice and policy making of European and international legal institutions. 

More recently, the law in context approach has served as a basis for empirical legal studies, which use novel empirical methods to investigate law in its context more systematically. More concretely, the research projects endorse new methods and techniques, often coming from corpus linguistics, network science and economics, to answer legal questions.

Finally, there is a more recent initiative in the department in this framework to develop a continuous dialogue between legal scholars and social scientists that ask the research questions about how law and courts work. This dialogue also includes computer scientists and mathematicians who have the necessary technical expertise to develop novel research methods that can help to answer these questions (the Coding project). 

For a more detailed indication of the supervisory interests of Prof. Šadl, please click on her website:

Page last updated on 06 April 2021

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