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Questions of interest

Encourage the presence of critical legal theories

  • What are critical legal theories?
  • What is their utility?
  • What are their limits?
  • What are the internal debates and tensions?
  • Where is the frontier between critical legal research projects and research projects that critique law?
  • How do we foster a general discussion on how research projects are produced and received?
  • Does research reproduce certain dominant interests? Which ones and how so?
  • What are the implicit dynamics within research fields, for example as manifestations favouring the reproduction of dominant fields of interest at the expense of marginalized, critical, atypical or innovative groups or visions?
  • What are the implicit power relations within the production of research projects?
  • Why is this so?
  • What are the place and role of the researcher vis-à-vis the populations for which he or she proposes to speak?
  • How can researchers put forward a more reflexive and critical posture in their work?
  • How can we encourage, in the long-term, critical debates and research projects, both in terms of their production and their reception?

Foster a greater accessibility to research projects in law

  • For what and for whom are research projects produced?
  • Is it possible to produce less elitist research projects? If so, how, and if not, why?
  • How can we increase access to research projects for non-jurists and non-specialized jurists?
  • How is it possible to produce research projects that are inclusive of marginal or non-dominant topics of interests?
  • How is it possible to improve the accessibility of research projects for populations that are characterized as ‘marginalized’ or ‘vulnerable’, which are often the research topic of jurists (but that nonetheless remain rarely consulted)?
  • How can we create and diffuse legal knowledge that is formulated and debated in a less hermetic, more accessible language, geared towards an uninitiated public?
  • How can we create knowledge that is accessible through less expensive means (considering the high access cost to databases and publications, as well as conferences, symposia and congresses)?
  • How can we instil a dialogue between researchers and the groups they study?

Create opportunities for collaboration, dialogue and creativity between researchers

  • How can we create opportunities for discussion and a dynamic community between researchers?
  • How can we encourage a greater culture, and improved sharing, of legal knowledge?
  • How can we evaluate the interest generated by critical and innovative projects? How do we implement them?
  • How can we rethink the structure, the language, the method and the diffusion, for example, of research projects?