Public Law & Legal Theory
In Anticipating Law, Palys and Lowman set forth the rationale for a “researcher-participant privilege” and advise scholars how best to preserve the confidentiality of their research in the face of a legal system that has not looked kindly on such a privilege. Although I am inclined to agree with Palys and Lowman that a researcher-participant privilege would, on balance, be beneficial, the case for the privilege is hardly self-evident. Moreover, the advice Palys and Lowman offer researchers in the absence of such a privilege is, in my judgment, unwise.
Geoffrey R. Stone, "Above the Law: Research Methods, Ethics, and the Law of Privilege ," University of Chicago Public Law & Legal Theory Working Paper, No. 21 (2002).