This paper presentation on 'What is Legal Theory?' is part of the Law and Justice Across Borders seminar series.
Legal theory is often described as an analytical sub-discipline of legal philosophy. Its recent development, however, has moved away from this historically grounded field description. The aim of legal theory asks for a new definition. I will argue that contemporary legal theory should be understood as the pivotal source of multidisciplinary innovation in legal scholarship, drawing from a multitude of methods and insights taken from the humanities as well as the social and natural sciences. Contemporary legal theory reaches out far beyond the boundaries of analytical philosophy of law. Yet, it remains grounded on philosophical foundations. It can, therefore, be defined as a philosophical theory of multidisciplinary legal scholarship.
Marietta Auer is Dean of the Law School and Professor of Private Law and Philosophy of Law at the Justus-Liebig-University Giessen. She holds degrees in both law and philosophy from the University of Munich (First State Examination in Law, Doctorate and Habilitation in Law, Master in Philosophy) as well as LL.M. and S.J.D. degrees from Harvard Law School. Marietta Auer has published extensively in the fields of private law, legal theory, and philosophy of law. She has received various honors and academic awards for her accomplishments in legal scholarship and education.
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