Diverse Methodological Approaches to PhDs in Law

Thursday 2 May - Saturday 4 May 2019 | 0900-1730

Room TC 1.9, University of Essex (How to get here)

Legal research entails the evaluation of legal phenomena in their political, social, cultural, doctrinal or other contexts. Contemporary modes of inquiry into legal phenomena increasingly use more than one discipline in the production of interdisciplinary research and writing. Even subjects that were traditionally taught by way of the doctrinal method have opened up to socio-legal approaches. There is a much greater emphasis on the sociology of law, and the social and political forces that shape legal doctrine and institutions. Law as a social phenomenon can be understood empirically through a range of different methods. Thus, contemporary postgraduate researchers need to expand beyond the black letter law training of practitioners and be aware of major trends in the social sciences of relevance to their own research and future careers. The key idea behind the multidisciplinary workshop for law postgraduate research students is to introduce candidates to a broad range of theoretical and practical approaches to legal research.  

This three day workshop will consist of workshops, and informal networking.


Program Schedule

Day 1

9:00

Arrive, tea and coffee followed by the first session on Theory & Method in Socio-Legal Research Reza Banakar – University of Lund

11:00

Tea and coffee break

11:30

Qualitative Approaches, Tola Amodu, University of East Anglia

13:00

Lunch Break and networking session

14:15

Interviewing Theory & Practice, Carla Ferstman – School of Law, University of Essex

16:00

Tea and coffee break

16:30

Research Ethics, Hedi Viterbo, Sarah Manning-Press, Beverley Pascoe, University of Essex

Finish by 17:30

Day 2

9:00

Comparative International Law, Claudina Richards, University of East Anglia

11:00

Tea and coffee break

11:30

Quantitative Approaches, Patrick Lown, Government, University of Essex

13:00

Lunch Break and networking session

14:15

Feminist Approaches to Legal Research, Emily Jones and Patricia Palacios-Zuloaga, School of Law, University of Essex

16:00

Tea and coffee break

16:30

Security in the Field, Jenny Pearce, London School of Economics

Finish by 17:30

Day 3

9:00

Critical Legal Studies, Illan Rua Wall, University of Warwick

11:00

Tea and coffee break

11:30

Data Management, Veerle Van den Eynden, UK Data Management Service/ University of Essex

13:00

Lunch Break and networking session

14:15

Critical Race Theory & Legal Research, Joel Modiri – University of Pretoria

16:00

Tea and coffee break

16:30

The Doctrinal Approach, Tom Flynn, School of Law, University of Essex

Finish by 17:30

Learning Outcomes

  1. Participants will become familiar with all major methodological trends relevant to empirical and theoretical work in law;

  2. Participants will be able to identify and critically evaluate the salient methodological paradigms applicable to their research data, and to identify advanced methodological training, where relevant;

  3. Cross-disciplinary synergies within the workshop will positively impact the way in which participants harness their research ideas in a rigorous way through effective design, planning and development;

  4. For many law doctoral candidates, this workshop will constitute an initial introduction to social scientific methods. For researchers new to law, at the end of this workshop they will be familiar with traditional legal methods and reasoning, and how these relate to their own focus of study


Terms and Conditions

*By registering below you are requesting a place on this training programme or selected sessions that form part of the programme. A member of the CHASE team or the workshop leader will contact you in due course to confirm that a place has been allocated to you. If you no longer require a place, please email enquiries@chase.ac.uk as soon as possible so your name can be removed from the registration list. 

If you are allocated a place but can no longer attend, please email enquiries@chase.ac.uk so that your place can be reallocated. CHASE training is free to attend and events are often oversubscribed with a waiting list. Failure to notify us of non-attendance in good time (ideally 5 days prior to the workshop/programme) means your place cannot be reallocated and may result in your access to future CHASE training being restricted.    

CHASE funded or associate students’ travel can be claimed back from their institution after the event (contact details for your institution are here). If you are not CHASE funded but are at a CHASE institution, you are able to claim these expenses back from you institution, but these must be applied for in advance.

The following groups are eligible to attend the training

  • CHASE funded and associate PhD students,

  • Arts and Humanities PhD students at CHASE member institutions,

  • and students and members of staff at CHASE partner institutions


Please register here

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