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ELS lab @Leiden


The ELS lab @Leiden organises several activities. Please feel free to join, we are looking forward to meeting you!

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.

Find more information about the lab meetings below. This semester, we are continuing our series from last academic year.

Interested to join? Sign up via this form.

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.

The upcoming Lunch & Learn will take place on 1 July (12:00-13.00) on the statement  “ELS is an interdisciplinary endeavor”. Please join us for this informal session; everyone is welcome to participate in the discussion, no matter your level of expertise.

Journal Clubs are sessions in which we discuss empirical legal articles, focusing on the methodology used in the paper and the lessons that can be learned.

The upcoming Journal Club will take place on 20 May (10:00-11.00). Helen Pluut will discuss a recently published paper that she co-authored. Helen will give a presentation of the paper’s method and provide insight on the benefits and challenges of daily surveys. 

Work in Progress Sessions involve presentations of work in progress. This can be at any stage of the research process, from the design to writing the actual paper. It is in particular a nice opportunity to receive feedback on empirical ideas and get suggestions on how to improve the methodology.

The upcoming Work in Progress Session will take place on 17 June (11:00-12.00). In this Work in Progress session, we will discuss Nikki Vosters’ (eLaw) research: “Appealing Apps? The use of dispute resolution technology in Dutch administrative appeals and its impact on access to justice.” Nikki will present her current research project focusing on her first case study – a traffic penalty appeal tool implemented by the Dutch prosecutor’s office called Digitaal Loket Verkeer - and the various empirical data she is gathering in this context.

The ELS Atelier

Craft your own empirical research in the workshops of the ELS Atelier! Are you curious about empirically studying a legal question and willing to give it a try, but simply wouldn’t know where to start? Or do you already have some experience with empirical research, but would need further assistance to bring a project to completion? Then the members of the ELS lab@Leiden are here to help you out!

Starting in February, we are launching a trajectory of à la carte workshops aimed at teaching and guiding legal scholars through the process of conducting empirical research. This initiative matches the goals of the Netherlands Academy for Empirical Legal Studies. The ELS Atelier is a place where, in small groups, you will actively work your way through the empirical cycle, irrespective of the stage you are in. There will be an expert and peers to guide you on your journey, from thinking of a relevant research question and selecting the appropriate empirical method to designing your study. Perhaps even collecting and analyzing data and reporting the findings! All you need to do is show up on for the kick-off event, the date will be announced later. Here, you will receive more information about the workshops that you can participate in during the year. We’ll be offering bimonthly workshops to help you make progress in your research project. Of course this trajectory is non-committal, but we hope that together with your Leiden colleagues you are eager to familiarize yourself with the wonderful world of empirical legal research. For more information, please feel free to reach out to Niek Strohmaier. We are looking forward to seeing you at the kick-off event! Would you please let us know whether you’re coming? Register here.

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