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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After popular demand, we have shifted the deadline to
2 March 2020.  

This will permit potential presenters in to complete sufficient data analysis for the draft papers.


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 to be submitted here. 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 Submitted papers must be unpublished (and expected to be unpublished at the time of the conference).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.

Submission guidelines

There is no fixed format for papers. This is because authors are free to send their papers afterwards to journals of their choice, which may have varying formatting requirements.

In the event that you have no fixed plan for a specific journal, you may wish to consider (1) ensuring that your paper is between 5 000 and 15 000 words in length in 12-point font using 1.5 line spacing; and (2) following the formatting guidelines of the Journal on Empirical Legal Studies.

Submitted manuscripts can be work in progress; however, submissions should be completed drafts that include principal results.

Note that submitted manuscripts will be available to conference participants only (i.e., they will not be published on a publicly accessible website).


The deadline for call for papers is 2 March 2020 (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 Mar. 1, 2020 2:47 PM