23 01, 2023

Call for abstracts: Conference on Law, AI, and Regulation (LAIR)

2023-01-23T12:25:38+01:00January 23, 2023|Conference, Erasmus University Rotterdam|

Our colleagues of the Erasmus School of Law and the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence Digital Governance are organising an international academic conference with a preference for interdisciplinary and innovative approaches to regulation of AI. It will be held on 8 and 9 June 2023 in Rotterdam.

The deadline for abstract submission is 12 February 2023. Read the call for abstracts here.

22 12, 2022

Vacancy: Post-doc/Assistant Professor Empirical Legal Studies – Erasmus School of Law

2022-12-22T11:04:35+01:00December 22, 2022|Erasmus University Rotterdam, Faculty, Vacancy|

The Erasmus School of Law is searching for a quantitative empirical legal studies scholar for an attractive post-doc position at Erasmus School of Law (The Netherlands)!

There is reasonable freedom in the choice of the research topic (as long as it fits the broader profile of our faculty) and plenty of research time! In addition, based on performance in the first two years there is a possibility to become an assistant professor with a permanent contractPeople from a variety of backgrounds are welcomed to apply (legal, economics, psychology, etc.). The emphasise is on quantitative empirical skills and affinity to/interest in law.

You can find more information on the vacancy and application here.

20 12, 2022

Vacancy: student assistant ELS Academy (8 hours/week)

2022-12-20T11:00:13+01:00December 20, 2022|NELSA, Vacancy|

We are looking for an enthusiastic student assistant to support the ELS Academy. The Netherlands Academy for Empirical Legal Studies serves as a platform that brings together (aspiring) empirical legal scholars from all universities in the Netherlands. Embodying a national collaboration in the field of empirical legal studies in the context of the Law Sector Plan, the ELS Academy is focused on educating and supporting researchers who are interested in empirically exploring questions that are legally relevant.

Tasks include but are not limited to:

  • Writing and editing content for our website
  • Maintaining our social media
  • Helping with designing banners, promotional materials, etc.
  • Helping to organize workshops and events
  • Taking minutes of (board) meetings


  • Are a bachelor’s or master’s student in law at a Dutch university who is available for this
    position for (at least) one year
  • Have an interest in empirical legal studies and are eager to learn
  • Are a good writer (for example because you have experience with editorial work)
  • Have good organizational and planning skills
  • Are independent and accurate in your work
  • Are flexible when it comes to work hours
  • Are fluent in Dutch and English

The position is for 0,2 fte (one day a week), for one year, with the possibility to extend the contract when both parties are satisfied. You will be employed at Leiden Law School. Many tasks can be done while working remotely. The anticipated start date is March 15, but this is flexible.


Are you interested in this position? Please apply by sending an email to with your curriculum vitae and motivation letter by January 6 2023. You will be invited for a job interview in the second half of January.

Vacancy questions

If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact Helen Pluut at

14 04, 2022

ERI Seminar: Europe’s Nature Governance Revolution: Environmental Democracy in Action?

2022-04-14T11:23:17+02:00April 14, 2022|Seminar, Utrecht University|

By Edwin Alblas (Wageningen University). Date: April 20th from 15:00 to 17:00 at the Newtonlaan 201, in room 24 on the 4th floor, Utrecht.

The EU has some of the world’s most ambitious and highly-developed environmental laws on its books, but their effectiveness is severely compromised by non-compliance and poor implementation. The ‘Effective Nature Laws’ (ERC funded) research project breaks new ground by mapping empirically the evolution of EU environmental governance laws between 1992-2015. Recently completed, this major interdisciplinary project, led by professor Suzanne Kingston, combined leximetric analysis, quantitative and qualitative methods, as well as a lab-experiment. Edwin Alblas, assistant professor in environmental law at Wageningen University and post-doc researcher at the RUG, will present the methodology and results of this project during the ERI Seminar: Europe’s Nature Governance Revolution: Environmental Democracy in Action? The seminar will take place on April 20th from 15:00 to 17:00 at the Newtonlaan 201, in room 24 on the 4th floor, Utrecht. Edwin Alblas uses different types of research methodologies, including surveys (country comparative) and text analysis of large sets of legislative documents see examples in the publications below.

  • Kingston, S., Alblas, E., Callaghan, M. and Foulon, J., Magnetic law: Designing environmental enforcement laws to encourage us to go further. Regulation & Governance (2021).
  • Kingston, S., Wang, Z., Alblas, E. et al., The democratisation of European nature governance 1992–2015: introducing the comparative nature governance index. Int Environ Agreements (2021).

Sign up for the meeting via

22 03, 2022

2022 International Empirical Legal Studies Conference

2022-03-22T12:25:06+01:00March 22, 2022|Conference|

The Netherlands Academy for Empirical Legal Studies (ELS) is organizing an International ELS Conference on Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd September 2022. The Conference will take place at the Faculty of Law of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and will offer you a unique place to engage, discuss and present your research results in the field of empirical legal research with other international empirical legal scholars.

Click 2022 ELS Conference in the menu above in order to find all relevant information on the Conference, including the Call for Papers, Key Dates and Practical Information.

The Organising Committee is looking forward to welcoming you in Amsterdam in September 2022!

1 02, 2022

Call for registration pre-conference PhD day

2022-02-01T12:15:43+01:00February 1, 2022|Uncategorized|

Call for registration: PhD Day on March 9!

VSR Recht en Samenleving , ELS Academy and KU Leuven are organizing a pre-conference day, for and by PhDs. The day will take place at the Faculty of Law and Criminology of KU Leuven, preceding the VSR Conference (March 10 and 11).

This PhD day will revolve around the empirical method of interviewing and the ethical aspects thereof, which will be explored through keynote presentations by Danielle Chevalier (Leiden University) and Paulien de Winter (University of Groningen) and various workshops. Lab members Kimia Heidary and Helen Pluut will give a workshop together. Read the programme here.

Registration is possible until February 14th. #phd #els #conference

18 10, 2021

New literature

2022-05-24T13:17:15+02:00October 18, 2021|Literature|

Several interesting books relevant to the field of Empirical Legal Studies have been released recently:

13 06, 2021

Workshop series Empirical Research Design for PhDs

2022-05-24T13:18:28+02:00June 13, 2021|Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Workshop|

VU PhDs are invited to subscribe for a Workshop Series on Empirical Research Design.

What: The workshop empirical research design is an open discussion workshop, in which participants work together on mini research design problems. More information, click here.

For whom: PhDs from Law-VU, Criminology-VU and NSCR.

When: From October to December, 2021 (exact dates t.b.a.). 8 weeks, weekly one afternoon session, 1.30 pm – 5 pm.

Supervisor: Henk Elffers (NSCR)

INTERESTED? QUESTIONS? SUGGESTIONS? REGISTERING? Please express your interest by e-mail to, indicating your research project (½ A4) and your methodology background or lack of it. Use ERD2021 in the subject line of your e-mail.

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