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Empirical Legal Studies

Profile area The theme gathers scholars interested in the use of empirical methods in legal science. Since the common denominator is the methods, the theme can cover all potential legal areas, subjects, and problems.

“Empirical methods” are defined broadly and include all methods for studying real phenomena. This includes qualitative methods (e.g. interviews and discourse analysis), quantitative methods (e.g. classical statistics) and computational methods (e.g. network analysis, machine learning, natural language processing, and large language models). It also includes more general issues such as the use of empirical methods and data in legal science and the relationship between legal doctrinal, theoretical, and empirical studies.

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Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Department of Law

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Research projects

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), a Legitimate Power in Sports?
Duration 1 January 2024 until 31 December 2028
Type of project Research project
Starving Luxembourg? National Courts and the Preliminary Ruling Procedure
Research area: Law
Duration 1 May 2021 until 22 April 2026
Type of project PhD project
Judicial Power and Power over the Judiciary: An Interdisciplinary Study of the Shifting Role of Judges
Research area: Law
Duration 1 January 2019 until 31 December 2022
Type of project Research project
Latest update: 2023-12-12