Erasmus Centre of Empirical Legal Studies (ECELS)

“Where empirical and legal studies meet”

The Erasmus Centre of Empirical Legal Studies (ECELS) is the home of empirical legal research at Erasmus School of Law and provides support and opportunities for empirical legal studies. ECELS is embedded within the nation-wide sectoral plan for legal science and is working in close collaboration with the Netherlands Academy of Empirical Legal Studies.

Our vision

Legal research is increasingly dealing with questions that require empirical answers, such as how law works in particular circumstances and what the effect is of a policy, a legal rule or a social phenomenon on individual, social or economic outcomes. Empirical legal studies comprises diverse methods, including qualitative methods (e.g., observations, interviews, and document analysis), as well as quantitative methods (e.g., experiments, analysis of existing data using different research designs, computational legal analysis, surveys). The goal of ECELS is to complement and build bridges between empirical legal studies and traditional legal research.

ECELS’ mission is to build a thriving empirical legal studies community at Erasmus School of Law by promoting and supporting empirical legal studies in education and in research, both at Erasmus School of Law and in the Netherlands. ECELS connects like-minded researchers to advance their knowledge and to foster cooperation, and provides training and educational support for those embarking on empirical legal studies for the first, second or umpteenth time. ECELS furthermore aspires to stimulate and support interdisciplinary empirical legal studies collaborations.

November 1st, 2021: Erasmus Graduate School of Law Review Day/Kick off meeting. Our PhD candidates will present their research projects and will receive feedback from expert faculty members and peers.

An opportunity for funding of an empirical project on the Law and Economics of Digital Information Policy (up to $10,000) – application deadline October 4th, 2021

December 3rd, 2021 (online): Crime and Computational Methods Workshop organised in cooperation with the Erasmus School of Economics. Experts in the field will present their research where they apply computation methods to investigate questions related to criminal law. For the programme and registration click here.

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