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Expert Knowledge in Court

A study of professional knowledge used by lawyers when making court decisions
Funded by the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet).

Colleagues Karsten Åström and Eva Friis are currently working together researching Expert knowledge as a basis for judicial decisions.

The overall aim of the project is to describe and analyse how expert knowledge is transferred to and used by lawyers when making decisions in court.

Swedish court decisions will be analysed in three types of cases; social assistance, crimes against life and health and decisions related to the Planning and Building Act. The overall research question is how professional knowledge, based in sources other than sources of law and produced by other methods than legal methods, are being transferred to and used by lawyers in judicial decision-making.

The project titled “Expert knowledge as a basis for judicial decisions? – A study of how professional knowledge is transferred to and used by lawyers when making decisions in court.” is supported by a grant from Vetenskapsrådet.

A further aim is to describe and analyse how legal methods work in practice, and how knowledge transfer affects legal certainty and goal effectiveness.

Research question: How is professional knowledge, based in sources other than sources of law and produced by other methods than legal methods, being transferred to and used by lawyers in judicial argumentation and decision-making?

 

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Researchers in the project

Karsten Åström
The Sociology of Law Department
Tel: 046-222 41 27
E-mail: karsten [dot] astrom [at] soclaw [dot] lu [dot] se

Eva Friis
The Sociology of Law Department
Tel: 046-222 32 76
E-mail: eva [dot] friis [at] soclaw [dot] lu [dot] se

Sociology of Law Department
Lund University
Visiting address: Allhelgona Kyrkogata 14 M, 223 62 Lund, 3rd floor
Postal address: Box 42, 221 00 Lund

Faculty of Social Sciences