Pub. date: 2007 | Online Pub. Date: September 25, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412952637 | Print ISBN: 9780761923879 | Online ISBN: 9781412952637| Publisher:Sage Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Sociology of law is not a developed or well-accepted discipline in Greece. This is true of most interdisciplinary approaches to law, including the recently introduced law and economics. With the possible exception of legal philosophy, theoretical perspectives are considered marginal in an academic environment that may be characterized as highly positivistic and formalistic. Legal sociology began with the influential work of a major civilist, Georgios Michailides-Nouaros (1909–2002). Trained in the French sociolegal tradition, he laid the foundations for a sociological approach to law, which he viewed as the product of the collective action of social actors. In books and articles, he developed and refined a theory for law-in-action that was inspired by Eugen Ehrlich's (1862–1922) “living law,” focusing on the behavioral and cultural elements of Greek law. His work monopolized the Greek market for legal sociology in the ...