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Siems, Mathias

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Mathias Siems


In legal academia it is highly controversial how to ‘be original’ in legal research. This article will try to maintain an attitude of tolerance in not promoting or discrediting one particular methodology. Instead, it will identify four different ways of ‘being original’. Perhaps the most common approach is to deal with ‘micro-legal questions’. Many legal academics also pursue research in ‘macro-legal questions’. Less common but growing is the importance of ‘scientific legal research’ and research in ‘non-legal topics’.


Siems, M. (2008). Legal Originality. Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, 28(1), 147-164.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Apr 1, 2008
Deposit Date Jul 8, 2011
Publicly Available Date Aug 23, 2011
Journal Oxford Journal of Legal Studies
Print ISSN 0143-6503
Electronic ISSN 1464-3820
Publisher Oxford University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 28
Issue 1
Pages 147-164


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