Netherlands Academy for Empirical Legal Studies

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 sector plan for the legal discipline, the ELS Academy is focused on educating and supporting researchers who are interested in empirically exploring questions that are legally relevant.

The goal of the ELS Academy is twofold. On the one hand, the focus is on bringing together empirical legal scholars and building an ELS community in the Netherlands. On the other hand, the ELS Academy pools resources in the field of empirical legal studies and makes them easily accessible at the service of individual scholars and research groups at the various law schools in the Netherlands.

Latest News from the Academy

2022 International Empirical Legal Studies 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 [...]

March 22, 2022|

Call for registration pre-conference PhD day

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 [...]

February 1, 2022|

New literature

Several interesting books relevant to the field of Empirical Legal Studies have been released recently: Paul Verbruggen (2021). Methoden van systematische rechtspraakanalyse: Tussen juridische dogmatiek en data science. Boom Juridisch. https://www.boomdenhaag.nl/en/webshop/methoden-van-systematische-rechtspraakanalyse Philip Franses (2021). Quantitative insights for lawyers. Boom Juridisch. https://www.boomdenhaag.nl/en/webshop/quantitative-insights-for-lawyers Catrien Bijleveld, Arno Akkermans, Marijke Malsch, Bert Marseille, and Monika Smit (2020). Nederlandse [...]

October 18, 2021|

Workshop series Empirical Research Design for PhDs

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 [...]

June 13, 2021|

Looking back on the ELS conference of February 5th

On February 5th 2021, the first congress of the Dutch Platform Empirical Legal Studies (ELS) took place. The first meeting of the platform served to bring young, enthusiastic and driven ELS scholars together in a research community and enable them to learn more about empirical research in a legal context. Participants from universities outside [...]

February 19, 2021|
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