Sunday, April 22, 2018

Roda Mushkat on the Case Study Method in International Legal Research (J Juridical Science)

"The case for the case study method in international legal research"
Roda Mushkat
Journal for Juridical Science
2017, Volume 42, Issue 2, pp. 143-182
Abstract: The exploration of international law has gradually but perceptibly evolved into an increasingly multifaceted enterprise. A notable development, albeit not yet on a large-scale, has been the adoption of empirical approaches relied upon in the Social Sciences for purposes of description, explanation and evaluation. A genuinely rich body of theoretical insights has consequently taken shape, providing a more robust foundation than previously available for pursuing knowledge and engaging in policy action. Much of the information generated has been obtained via the examination, often elaborate in nature, of specific cases. However, the technical underpinnings of this scientific endeavour leave something to be desired, as illustrated by a juxtaposition of methodological requirements with prevailing practices and offering concrete examples of greater technical rigour observed in neighbouring disciplines.

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