Empirical Legal Research Workshop

Organization: Prof. Dr. Tilmann Altwicker (UZH Law Faculty), Dr. Andreas Beerli (ETH KOF), Prof. Dr. Adrian Künzler (UZH Law Faculty) and Prof. Dr. Michel Maréchal (UZH Economics)

The Workshop on Empirical Legal Research at the UZH Law Faculty addresses the growing importance of quantitative research on legal issues. The aim is to facilitate an exchange among researchers on various issues connected to empirical legal research, ranging from data collection and method to the interpretation of results.

For this purpose, in one format of the workshop, researchers are invited to present their own empirical legal research projects. In the other format, current journal articles are discussed (e.g. from the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies). The workshop is open for contributions from the various legal disciplines – public law, criminal law, private law, business law – employing quantitative research methods. Interdisciplinary contributions (e.g. from statistics, economics, political science, sociology, psychology) with a reference to law are also welcome.

The group of participants includes scholars active in the fields mentioned above and is open for PhD students.

The next meetings of the Workshop are:

Wednesday, 16 October 2019, 16.30–17.30, KO2-F-156, Presentation and discussion in German: Prof. Dr. Marc Thommen (UZH Law), Zahlen und Fakten zu den Strafbefehlen

Wednesday, 30 October 2019, 16.30–17.30, KO2-F-156, Presentation and discussion in English: Gabriel Gertsch (ETH Law & Econ), Are Swiss Judges Neutral? Judicial Preferences Across Legal Areas

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 16.30–17.30, KO2-F-156, Presentation and discussion in English: Dr. Kevin Tobia (ETH Law & Econ), Testing Ordinary Meaning