The Evidence-Based Law and Practice Priority Research Initiative (ELP PRI) conducts research within four thematic areas: Legal Education, Equity & Scholarship; Health, Justice & Social Affairs; Human Rights & International Affairs; and Business, Regulation & Compliance.
Bringing the evidence-based movement to law
The evidence-based movement has had a transformative influence on research and practice in numerous disciplines, including healthcare, education, management and policy.
In contrast, law lags behind. Law, in many respects, is still ‘eminence based’, relying on the opinions of authority figures, not ‘evidence-based’, relying on robust and thorough research evidence. There is too often a gulf between academic research and the reality of lawmaking and legal practice.
Drawing on evidence-based definitions from other fields, evidence-based law and practice urges the production of rigorous research evidence and incorporation of that evidence into debate about legal doctrine, legislation and professional practices, analysis of the impacts of law in society, and proposals for reforms in law and practice.