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ELS Lab Meetings - Lunch & Learn

Thursday 21 October 2021
Hybrid (online in Teams and in-person in KOG, B2M07

Topic Lunch & Learn

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. And... we are finally able to offer you lunch!

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 tradition 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.

ELS Lab Meetings

The Empirical Legal Studies Lab @Leiden is organizing a new series of sessions, for researchers interested in empirical legal research. Are you looking to learn more about empirical methods and/or engage in lively discussions on ELS? Join the upcoming ELS 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. Our upcoming sessions are below.


Date                           Session

21 October
12:00 - 13:00

Lunch & Learn

Topic: From legal scholar to empirical legal scholar

12 November

Work in Progress
Presentation by Niek Strohmaier and Sofia de Jong on the biasing effect of character evidence in legal decision making and procedural justice

3 December 


Journal Club

Topic: Designing vignette studies – tips and tricks

About ELS Lab @Leiden

Empirical Legal Studies is one of the legal science themes of the Leiden Law School as part of the Law Sector Plan, together with Institutions for Conflict Resolution. The Empirical Legal Studies project receives funding from the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) through the multi-year Law Sector Plan. For any questions, please contact Helen Pluut (h.pluut@law.leidenuniv.nl).

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