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Empirical Legal Studies Research Interest Group

The Empirical Legal Studies (ELS) RIG brings together established, early career academics, and postgraduate students from a range of disciplines who are interested in conducting empirical legal research on the law and the legal system.

The Empirical Legal Studies (ELS) RIG brings together established, early career academics, and postgraduate students from a range of disciplines who are interested in conducting empirical legal research on the law and the legal system. We define both ‘empirical’ and ‘law’ broadly, for the widest reach. By ‘empirical’ we mean systematic data collection, whether qualitative or quantitative, using whatever method. By ‘law’ we mean the operation of individual laws, the behaviour of law’s agents, legal education, and the ‘law in action’ generally. The Group contains members from both Northumbria and Newcastle Universities.

We believe that most areas of legal study could be enhanced with some form of empirical component. This RIG seeks increase the production of ELS in UK Universities, and to improve the quality and diversity of ELS research. The Group organises roundtables with academics from other institutions, and an ELS conference.


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