There has been little work done in theorizing public legal education. What work there is has focused on the legal theory underpinning much PLE practice. Gander's master's thesis, The Radical Promise of Public Legal Education in Canada, raises questions about the impact on legal positivism in inhibiting the realization of the more radical goals of early PLE practitioners.
PLEINet in the United Kingdom explicitly grounded its work in the concept of capability as expounded by Amartya Sen.
Applications of the Internet for PLE Published in 2002 by Lois Gander. This paper sketches some of the current and potential applications of the Internet for PLE. It is not a futuristic fantasy of what might be, but rather a description of applications that are already available for advancing the various goals of public legal education. Electronic telecommunications technology is expanding the reach of resources and services, improving the efficiency and effectiveness of agencies, and offering new possibilities for engaging the public in the process of achieving justice in Canada.
Applications of the Internet for PLE This website includes many links on Operational Applications, Program and Service Delivery, Professional Development and Networking, and Interesting References.