A call for papers (excerpted below) for a 2017 conference, hosted by Academica Sinica in Taiwan and co-sponsored by the Society for Empirical Legal Studies (SELS), further evidences empirical legal studies' widening global footprint and reach. KC Huang (a JELS international adviser) helped found Academia Sinica's Empirical Legal Studies Center. Now that KC is a member of Taiwan's Congress, Yun-chien Chang directs the Center and organizes CELSA. The conference's host, Academia Sinica, has already organized three international conferences and multiple ELS workshops, making Taipei a critical hub of ELS activity in East Asia.
"The first Conference on Empirical Legal Studies in Asia (CELSA) brings together, in Asia, researchers from law and other fields who seek to develop empirical accounts of law and legal institutions.
Papers are selected through a rigorous peer review process. CELSA will consider empirical papers across all areas of law. Quantitative data analysis is preferred. 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 Submitted papers must be unpublished (and expected to be unpublished at the time of the conference). 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 discussants of another paper."
CELSA is set for June 13-15, 2017 (Tues.-Thurs.) at Taiwan's Academica Sinica.
Call for papers submission deadline: 15 February 2017.
Click here for more submission and conference information; please direct specific questions to Prof. Yun-chien Chang, at: email@example.com
The Journal of Law, Finance, and Accounting’s (JLFA) fourth conference, to be held at Northwestern Law School, 375 East Chicago Avenue, is scheduled for Friday, November 11th and Saturday, November 12th, 2016, ending by mid-afternoon on Saturday. The Conference’s Call For Papers deadline has been extended to July 18, 2016. Click here for information about JLFA; click here for submission information.
As previously mentioned (here), CELS 2016 will be held at Duke University Law School, in Durham, NC, on Nov. 18-19, 2016. To better accommodate summer research/writing schedules that vary across departments, schools, universities, and, in particular, nations, conference organizers have extended the Call for Papers deadline to: July 31, 2016. Click here for paper submission information.
The Eleventh Annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies (CELS), hosted by Duke Law School, is scheduled for November 18-19, 2016, in Durham, NC. CELS brings together scholars from an array of fields, including law, economics, political science, psychology, and policy analysis. Papers are selected through a peer-review process and each is assigned an individual discussant. CELS invites empirical papers that span all areas of empirical legal studies. Authors are encouraged to submit works-in-progress; however, submissions should be completed paper drafts that include main results. Submitted papers must also be unpublished (and are expected to be unpublished at the time of the conference). Paper submission deadline is July 10, 2016.
Northwestern and Duke Universities will hold their 7th annual week-long workshop on Research Design for Causal Inference, at Northwestern University from August 1-5, 2016. Organized by Bernie Black (Northwestern) and Mat McCubbins (Duke), the workshop features an outstanding faculty and is an excellent and efficient way to become acquainted with contemporary approaches for making causal inferences from various kinds of observational and experimental data. Details and registration information can be found here. A brief overview follows:
"Research design for causal inference is at the heart of a 'credibility revolution' in empirical research. We will cover the design of true randomized experiments and contrast them to natural or quasi experiments and to pure observational studies, where part of the sample is treated in some way, the remainder is a control group, but the researcher controls neither the assignment of cases to treatment and control groups nor administration of the treatment. We will assess the causal inferences one can draw from a research design, threats to valid inference, and research designs that can mitigate those threats."
Conference organizers Mathew McCubbins, Stuart Benjamin, and Guy-Uriel Charles announced that the 11th Annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies, hosted by Duke University and the Society for Empirical Legal Studies (SELS), is set for November 18-19, 2016, at Duke Law School in Durham, NC. Due to growing and persistent demand, a one-day, hands-on empirical training workshop will once again be offered and is scheduled for Thursday, November 17, 2016. Additional information is forthcoming.
Dave Schwartz (Northwestern) asked me to alter readers to the following and I am delighted to do so. Please note the Feb. 12 proposal deadline. Proposals (and any questions) should be directed to: CardozoIPIL@yu.edu
"We are pleased to announce the third annual Roundtable on Empirical Methods in Intellectual Property. Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, Cardozo Law School, and the United States Patent & Trademark Office are negotiating an agreement to co-host the event. The roundtable will take place in Washington, DC at the USPTO on April 29-30, 2016.
The roundtable is intended to give scholars engaging in empirical and experimental studies of IP a chance to receive feedback on their work at an early stage in their research. Accordingly, the roundtable will be limited to a small cohort of scholars discussing projects that are still in their developmental stages. Projects that will have substantially begun data collection by the time of the roundtable are inappropriate. Pilot data collection is, however, appropriate.
The roundtable will be organized around a modest number of projects. Each project presenter will be expected to circulate a description of the project of no more than 10 pages by April 8. Each project will be assigned to an expert commenter and will be allotted 45 minutes of discussion by the attendees.
We welcome applications from scholars in the social sciences and law. Travel and lodging support for presenters will be provided.
Applications are due by February 12. We will notify applicants by March 1."
The University of Arizona College of Law is hosting its third-annual Quantlaw workshop, scheduled for February 12-13, 2016. The theme for this year's workshop in The Empirical Constitution, and the workshop's lead organizer, Chris Robertson (Arizona), invites paper proposals. The organizers describe this year's theme to include: "any empirical/experimental study of issues relevant to constitutional law or procedure, as well as non-empirical studies of constitutional doctrine relevant to data and public access thereto. The program will include works-in-progress sessions for extensive feedback, as well as methods sessions focusing on datasets and analytical tools."
Also noteworthy is that travel stipends are available for "junior scholars" accepted into the workshop ("junior scholars" are defined to include: "those not yet in tenure-track positions, or within five years of appointment.")
More information for those interested is found here. The deadline for submission is January 6, 2016. Specific questions and proposals should be addressed to Prof. Chris Robertson at: firstname.lastname@example.org
I am delighted once again to pass along information from Joe Doherty (UCLA) about the 5th Annual Western Empirical Legal Studies (WELS) Conference at UCLA on March 12, 2016. Insofar as WELS is consciously pitched to "law and graduate students," (emphasis added) it fills an important need and presents a wonderful opportunity for interested students. Click here for more information. (Please note the 1.8.2016 proposal deadline.)
Call for Papers: 5th Annual Western Empirical Legal Studies (WELS) Conference at UCLA School of Law
Proposal Deadline: January 8, 2016.
The UCLA School of Law's Empirical Legal Scholars Association (ELSA) is proud to announce the 5th Annual Western Empirical Legal Studies Conference, on March 12, 2016, at the UCLA School of Law.
This is a conference for students (Masters, PhD, and JD) who are conducting empirical research on law, legal actors, and legal institutions (judicial behavior, access to justice, bankruptcy, crime, etc.). It provides a unique forum for junior scholars to present original research and to receive focused feedback from students and law school faculty engaged in similar projects. The first four conferences attracted participants from over a dozen campuses across the U.S.A., Europe, and Asia.
In light of the explosive growth in and demand for empirical legal scholarship world-wide, the Society for Empirical Legal Studies ("SELS") launched the SELS Global initiative. The initiative is already bearing important fruit and the list of future international conferences continues to grow. Forthcoming conferences include:
SELS Global Junior Empirical Legal Studies Workshop, Dec., 16-17, 2015, at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. This conference is co-sponsored by SELS, Hebrew University, and the Center for Empirical Studies of Decision Making and the Law.
First Conference on Empirical Legal Studies in Europe (CELSE), June 21-22, 2016, at University of Amsterdam, Netherlands. This conference is co-sponsored by SELS and the Amsterdam Center for Law and Economics.
CELS Asia Conference and the 4th International Conference on the Empirical Studies of Judicial System, June 13-15, 2017, at Academica Sinica, Taiwan. This conference is co-sponsored by SELS, CELS Asia, and Academica Sinica.
Registration is now ongoing for 10th Annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies (CELS). The conference will include over 100 paper presentations with assigned discussants, and more than 30 poster presentations, all selected through peer review. The conference will open with lectures on network analysis and data visualization. The Keynote Address will be given by Richard K. Wilson, PhD, Alan A. and Edith L. Wolff Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Professor of Genetics, Professor of Molecular Microbiology and Director of the McDonnell Genome Institute at Washington University in St. Louis, who will speak on "Modern Genomics and Precision Medicine.”
Click here for additional registration information.
Cornell Law School will host its Junior Empirical Legal Scholars Workshop next weekend in Ithaca, NY. Similar to past workshops, "Junior" is defined to include pre-tenure (or pre-tenure-track) individuals who, through their early empirical scholarship, have demonstrated considerable scholarly promise. At the Workshop, each junior presenter is matched with a field-appropriate "senior" empirical legal scholar discussant. The 2015 Junior scholars reflect a diverse range of academic disciplines and include: Maya Sen (Harvard), Sarath Sanga (UC Berkeley), William Hubbard (Chicago), Jed Stiglitz (Cornell), Jacob Goldin (Princeton), and Avani Sood (UC Berkeley).