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Lunch & Learns are informal, interactive sessions where we discuss a controversial statement relating to an ELS-themed topic. It is an opportunity to share your opinion and experiences with regard to doing empirical legal research and to learn from peers. This Lunch & Learn will be on the topic of ‘From Legal Scholar to Empirical Legal Scholar’.

Among those wanting to engage in empirical legal research, two broad profiles can be identified. The first is a traditional legal scholar needing to learn about empirical methods. The second is a social scientist needing to learn about pressing legal issues and relevant research questions. What are the challenges faced by each of these types of scholars? Are there risks involved when one engages in non-traditional research, and if so, which? Niek Strohmaier will introduce his perspective on the matter as a ‘psychologist turned lawyer’. Gitta Veldt will offer her perspective as a traditional legal scholar diving into the world of empirical research. Expect an interactive session with plenty of discussion among all the attendees.

This event is part of the ELS lab meetings organized by Empirical Legal Studies Lab @Leiden. Are you looking to learn more about empirical methods and/or engage in lively discussions on ELS? Join the upcoming ELS@Leiden lab meetings! Ranging from the informal Lunch & Learn to more in-depth paper discussions, the ELS lab meetings cover a wide range of empirical research methods and ELS-related topics. We offer a possibility to learn about each other’s research and experience, test out ideas and receive feedback on work in progress. You’re welcome to join, regardless of your degree of experience with ELS.

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