Finn Makela, ‘Is Law an Academic Discipline?’

This article engages with the existing literature on the role of legal research in the University by framing the question as whether law is an academic discipline. I answer in the affirmative but my defense of this position is based on a sociological rather than an ontological conception of disciplinarity. Law is an academic discipline not by virtue of its relationship to a specific object or methodology, but by virtue of the institutional recognition of its legitimacy to produce a scholarly discourse. The argument relies on the distinction between points of view internal and external both to law and to disciplines.

Makela, Finn, Is Law an Academic Discipline? (August 1, 2017). (2017) 50(3) Revue juridique Thémis de l’Université de Montréal 422.

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