Second Annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies - Europe (CELSE)

May 31 – June 1, 2018, Leuven, Belgium.

Call for Papers - Submission Deadline: 15 February 2018, 6:00 pm (CET)

CELSE will consider empirical papers across all areas of law, although priority will be given to papers with a European focus. Empirical analysis is understood to encompass any systematic approach to quantitative or qualitative data analysis, including statistical analysis, machine learning, experiments, text-mining and network analysis techniques. Only submissions in English are considered. While authors are strongly encouraged to submit works in-progress, submissions should be completed drafts that present main findings. Submitted papers must be unpublished (and expected to be unpublished at the time of the conference).

University of Leuven, founded in 1485, is less than 15 minutes by train from Brussels International Airport and 30 minutes by train from Brussels-Midi train station.

Confirmed keynote speakers:

  • Eric Talley (Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law at Columbia Law School and SELS Board of Directors)
  • Christoph Engel (Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods)

Paper submission

Instructions on how to submit your paper will soon be posted here.

If accepted, authors will have an opportunity to submit a revised draft prior to the conference. Each paper will be assigned a discussant and authors of accepted papers are expected to be willing to act as discussant of another paper. Although there is no commitment toward publication, conference speakers are invited to submit their papers to the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies.

CELSE 2018 is sponsored by the Society for Empirical Legal Studies (SELS) and the ERC-funded EUTHORITY Project.



Please find attached the complete call for papers for CELSE 2018.