Research Methodologies in EU and International Law
Law PhD students often begin their PhDs without having an awareness of methodology, nor the opportunity to think about the practice of research and its theoretical implications. However, law schools are increasingly aware of the need to provide training in research methods to their students. Law schools need to develop the research capacities of their early career scholars. This book offers a well-structured, clear, and concise approach to doing so, focusing on issues of methodology (i.e. the theoretical elements of research) within the context of EU and international law. The book can be used alone, or form the basis of a seminar-based course or a departmental/regional discussion group. At the core of the book are the materials produced for a series of workshops. These materials consist of a document with readings on main and less mainstream methodological approaches to research in EU and international law, and a series of questions and exercises which encourage reflection on those readings, both in their own terms and in terms of different research agendas. There are also supporting materials, giving guidance on practical matters, such as how to give a paper or be a discussant at an academic conference. The book will help scholars in EU and international law reflect on their research: where does it fit within the discipline, what kinds of research questions do they think are interesting, what theoretical perspective best supports their way of thinking about their project, and so on. The book is aimed at students and more established scholars who are interested in reflecting on the development of their discipline or who are supervising research projects.
Publication Date: 4/8/2011