Interviewing lawyers : a critical self-reflection on expert interviews as a method of EU legal research

Network of Legal Empirical Scholars Special Issue 2019

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Interviews are commonly used as a research method in social and political science, where they are considered an effective means to elicit information on political and social behaviour. Interviews are less frequently used in legal research outside characteristically ‘socio-legal’ or ’empirical legal’ research, which is a type of legal research that relies on qualitative or quantitative methods. Drawing on the authors’ own experiences from conducting and using interviews with legal professionals as a source of legal research in the context of EU law, this article offers both a theoretical contribution and some practical insights. Theoretically, it builds on the existing literature on ‘expert’ interviews by examining lawyer interviews as a particular form of ‘expert’ investigations. We argue that interviews with lawyers pose particular challenges, which have been ignored and overlooked in general discussions on expert interviews. These challenges relate to access, confidentiality and control of research data, each of which is discussed in detail.
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LehtiEuropean Journal of Legal Studies
Vuosikerta12
Numero1
Sivut17-47
Sivumäärä31
ISSN1973-2937
TilaJulkaistu - 2019
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