Call for Papers: Conference on Empirical Legal Studies – Europe 2020

The 3rd Conference on Empirical Legal Studies in Europe (CELSE) will be held at the University of Oslo, 11-12 June 2020.

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CELSE is an interdisciplinary gathering that draws researchers from across Europe and the world, bringing together scholars in law, economics, political science, psychology, policy analysis, and other fields who are interested in the empirical analysis of law and legal institutions.

Conference topics and themes

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.

Submission and Review

Papers are selected through a peer review process, and discussion at the conference includes assigned commentators and audience questions.

Authors are encouraged to submit works-in-progress; however, submissions should be completed drafts that include principal results. Submitted papers must be unpublished (and expected to be unpublished at the time of the conference).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 for presentation and discussion. Please note that accepted papers will be made available to all conference participants.

Papers are to be submitted through the portal that will be made shortly available here.


The deadline for call for papers is 15 February 2020.


Keynote speakers for the conference will be announced shortly, as will the program for an empirical training workshop and computational legal studies colloquium to be held on Wednesday 10 June 2019.


CELSE 2020 is hosted by the Forum for Law and Social Science at the University of Oslo in partnership with the:

Contact information

If you have queries about the conference or programme please contact Malcolm Langford or Synøve Andersen.


Published Oct. 10, 2019 1:46 PM - Last modified Oct. 10, 2019 1:48 PM