Examining Legal Scholarship in Australia: A Case Study

Benedict Sheehy, John Dumay

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Legal scholarship in Australia is under-researched. Without detailed empirical investigation, it is difficult to understand the characteristics of the scholarship in terms of topics and method/approach. Legal scholarship, like all scholarship, claims to make a contribution to knowledge. To understand and evaluate the scholarship, this article adopts an empirical method. Using a case study approach and citation counts, the article provides an analysis of all the articles published by a leading law review over ten years: 2008–2018. The article identifies the types and methods of legal scholarship in the journal and examines a sample of its most highly cited articles. The study then evaluates the impact of this scholarship with recommendations for the future.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)32-51
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Legal Information
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2021


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