Workshop 1: The Epistemology and Methodologies of Comparative Constitutional Lawlecturer: Prof. Dr. Ran Hirschl, Göttingen, Alexander von Humboldt Professor of Comparative Constitutionalism)
target group: doctoral students in public law, political science, sociology, institutional economics and closely related fields
This workshop offers an examination of the various purposes, research designs, and methodologies of inquiry in the rapidly expanding field of comparative public law in general, and comparative constitutionalism in particular. Among the topics covered are: the comparative aspect in comparative legal inquiry; studying public law beyond examination of rules and rulings, and the foundations of legal vs. social science research methods in this area; effective research design, case selection and data analysis principles; and the challenge and promise of collaborative and interdisciplinary scholarship. The workshop is suitable for doctoral students in public law, political science, sociology, institutional economics and closely related fields. Throughout the workshop, examples will be drawn from the study of constitutionalism across time and place, as it has emerged as one of the most exciting areas in contemporary legal and social science scholarship on public law, as well as an important aspect of jurisprudence, political struggle and state building worldwide.
course requirements (2 credits):
(i) keen interest in comparative study of law and legal institutions, their origins and consequences; (ii) active participation in daily workshop discussions; (iii) 10 pp. reflection paper (due 1 Sept. 2018) on the logic, advantages and potential weaknesses of the research design, case selection, data collection/analysis and overall methodological matrix deployed in the participant’s own research project.
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