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Conference Empirical Legal Research in Groningen: Towards a Jurisprudence of Consequences

When: Fr 17-06-2022 10:00 - 17:00
Where: Het Kasteel, Melkweg 1, Groningen

This one-day conference is dedicated to the ´jurisprudence of consequences´ and the experiences within our faculty with empirical legal research. Introduced by a keynote from Linda Mulcahy, Professor of Socio-Legal Studies and Director of the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford, UK, this day will continue with presentations from many colleagues from various departments at our Faculty.

For more information see the conference webpage.

Seminar on how 'non-traditional' families combine their work and care responsibilities

19 January 2022
Online 16:00-17:00 (

The Groningen Centre for Empirical Legal Research will organize an online seminar on how 'non-traditional' families combine their work and care responsibilities, with a guest form the Tilburg Law School.

Ásta Berglind Verheul is a PhD researcher at the Private, Business and Labour law department of Tilburg Law School. Ásta's PhD research is interdisciplinary and aims to examine how 'non-traditional' families combine their work and care responsibilities in the current global economy. The focus of her research is mainly on working parent families that consist of two mothers with a child/ren, or two fathers with child/ren or single parent families with child/ren under the age of 8. The experiences of how the policies work for these families in practice are gathered through the methods of interviewing and participant observation. This presentation will highlight her experience in doing empirical research within the law school and especially what her ‘fieldwork’ entails.

During the meeting there will be room for questions and discussion.

Conference of the Dutch Platform for Empirical Legal Studies (ELS) for starting ELS researchers

5 February 2021
Online 10:30-17:00 (including breaks)

Are you curious about what researchers are doing at other universities? Are you looking to learn more about the importance of empirical research for law? Utrecht University and Leiden University cordially invite you to the very first online conference for starting ELS researchers. The conference serves as a platform to bring young, enthusiastic and driven ELS scholars together in a research community, enabling discussions and providing networking opportunities.

This event will deal with creating a sound research design by addressing the different ways in which researchers may connect research goals, research questions, and empirical research methods. We will use breakout rooms to allow participants to discuss various research designs that can appropriately deal with current societal and academic questions. The day will also feature plenary presentations by young researchers who have used a combination of research methods in order to answer their research questions, including qualitative, survey and experimental research. During the day, there will be ample opportunity to connect with other researchers and we will close the day on a fun note!

More information, programme and registration.

WEBINAR 'New Research Opportunities in Law'

October 29

On Thursday October 29th (14:00 - 16:00), the Faculty of Law organizes the WEBINAR 'New Research Opportunities in Law - Introducing the Law Sector Plan'. This interactive meeting will focus on the Law Sector Plan. After a short introduction by prof. Jan Jans (vice-dean), the two main research areas in Groningen will be presented: 'Rethinking Public Interests in Private Relationships' by Prof. Aurelia Colombi Ciacchi and 'Empirical Legal Studies' by Prof. Marc Hertogh. In addition, several researchers of both research areas will give a short pitch about their work. The meeting will be concluded by prof. Frans Nelissen (director of research). During the meeting there will be plenty of room for questions and discussion.

The meeting will be held online (in English). On 29 October you can join the meeting by using this link in BlackBoard.

We hope to see you all!

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