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Symposium Normativity in Empirical Legal Research | 7 December

The Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the NSCR are hosting a symposium on normativity in empirical legal research, on Thursday afternoon 7 December. During this symposium we will be shedding light upon the eminent is-ought discussion in a rapidly expanding field.

Empirical Legal Studies is a domain within legal research that has rapidly expanded. This type of research has enabled academics to move from studying law in books to looking at law in action. However, the use of empirical approaches in researching legal issues has been topic of discussion due to the normative foundations of the law.
This symposium will center its attention on the long-standing is-ought dilemma. We aim to foster a deeper understanding of how normative values shape the direction and interpretation of empirical research, and conversely, how empirical data can inform normative legal theories. What insights can various fields studying law offer each other? How can we respect the normative foundation of the law while also following the specific methodological rules of each discipline?
This symposium is aimed at all researchers studying the field of law, from PhD candidates to professors.

Practical information

This afternoon is free of charge, but you do need to register via this form. Please be aware that there is a limited capacity for this event and registration is filling up quickly.
Thursday afternoon 7 December 2023, 13.00, Vrije Universiteit Main Building, Agora 1, De Boelelaan 1105, Amsterdam.



Freya Augusteijn MSc

PhD Candidate

Cheyenne Dunk LLM

PhD Candidate

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