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The empirical approach to research in property law

Whitehouse, Lisa; Bright, Susan


Susan Bright


This article offers an account of the unique characteristics, challenges and benefits of empirical legal research. The authors explain that empirical legal research involves the collection and observation of data through a variety of research techniques, such as interviews, observation and surveys, and how it difers from some of its close neighbours, in particular socio-legal research. While the challenges posed by empirical legal research are acknowledged, this article argues that it enriches property law scholarship by enabling researchers to weave together the law learned in books with the law understood and applied in practice.


Whitehouse, L., & Bright, S. (2014). The empirical approach to research in property law. Property Law Review, 3(3), 176-185

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 25, 2014
Publication Date 2014-08
Deposit Date May 12, 2016
Publicly Available Date May 12, 2016
Journal Property law review
Print ISSN 1838-3858
Publisher Thomson Reuters
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 3
Issue 3
Pages 176-185
Keywords Property law, Empirical legal research, Socio-legal research
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Additional Information Author's accepted manuscript of article published in: Property law review, 2014, v.3, issue 3.


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