top of page

Empirical-legal research - The inclusion of empirical legal methods in the research design of a law thesis

Gitta Veldt (Leiden University)

14 March 2024, 11am-5pm

Cycle Interdiscipliarités en droit

11am-12pm: Interview with Gitta Veldt, moderated by Anne-Lise Sibony. The guest will answer questions about her career as a researcher and her choice of subjects and research methods. 

12.15pm-1pm - Lunch break 

1pm-2:30pm – Presentation: Based on the book ‘Research methods for empirical legal studies: an introduction’ by Catrien Bijleveld, Gitta Veldt will introduce what empirical-legal research entails. Moreover, she will highlight the advantages and limitations of four particular important empirical-legal research methods: interviews, systematic case law analysis, surveys and experiments. She will give an example of each method, followed by a discussion. 


Participants are invited to read chapter 1 of the book before the doctoral meeting. After registration, participants will receive a link to download the chapter.

2:30pm-3pm - Coffee break

3pm-5pm Masterclass: Doctoral candidates for guest feedback will briefly present their question relating to an empirical-legal research design, after which Gitta Veldt will provide guidance. 

Participants wishing to benefit from Gitta Veldt’s advice will submit a short text (2000 words maximum) setting out a (research) question or idea for which using an empirical-legal method would be suitable and/or formulating a question relating to their approach. 


Proposals should be sent by email to Gitta Veldt before March 7th, 2024. The text (maximum 2000 words) should be attached to the e-mail in Word format.

> Register

(Registration closes on March 7th, 2024)

bottom of page