Evaluating Academic Legal Research in Europe
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Evaluating Academic Legal Research in Europe

The Advantage of Lagging Behind

Edited by Rob van Gestel and Andreas Lienhard

Legal academics in Europe publish a wide variety of materials including books, articles and essays, in an assortment of languages, and for a diverse readership. As a consequence, this variety can pose a problem for the evaluation of academic legal research. This thought-provoking book offers an overview of the legal and policy norms, methods and criteria applied in the evaluation of academic legal research, from a comparative perspective.
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Chapter 9: Evaluation of academic legal publications in Italy

Ginevra Peruginelli


Within the general context of scientific research assessment exercises, evaluation of legal research has specific characteristics due to the peculiarity of legal science. The discussion on the topic is very lively in Italy, in particular from the time (2011) the Agency for the Evaluation of University and Research System (ANVUR) has launched national exercises on evaluation of quality research. The chapter presents an overview of the Italian research environment and its evaluation, showing a renewal in the assessment of legal research, despite the conservative attitude of legal scholars who are strongly resistant to change. Attention has focused on effectiveness and significance of research evaluation as well as on the tools to be used to evaluate legal research outputs in Italy.

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