Call for Papers: The First SELS Global Workshop for Junior Empirical-Legal Scholars

29 April, 2015

The first international workshop for junior empirical legal scholars will be held on December 17th and 18th 2015, at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The meeting is co-sponsored by the Society of Empirical Legal Studies (SELS) and The Center for Empirical Studies of Decision Making and the Law.

The workshop aims to foster the research of scholars who have recently completed their PhD or have recently been appointed to a tenure track position, by providing them with a forum in which they can present their research and receive feedback from fellow empirical researchers. Approximately ten scholars from around the world (submission criteria specified below) will be invited to the workshop. Each scholar will be assigned a commentator who will discuss their paper. The rigorous academic environment at the workshop will assist junior scholars to develop their ideas. The workshop is also intended to establish a sense of community among empirical legal scholars and help build cooperative relationships between participants. 

Topics: Papers may touch on any legal field and can employ any empirical methodology. 

Participation Criteria: To be eligible, an author must be an untenured faculty member at a research university in a tenure-track position; or a tenured faculty member if it has been less than five years since the initial entry level appointment; or a full time post-doctoral fellow or a visiting associate professor at a research university. In addition, the committee will consider the work of authors that do not fit these criteria, but are new to the field of empirical legal studies. 

Travel: The costs of airfare (coach) and accommodations of authors who will be invited to participate in the workshop will be covered by the Center for Empirical Studies of Decision Making and the Law. 

Paper Submission: Submissions should be sent to Ms. Ayelet Gordon ( with the subject line: “Workshop for Junior Empirical-Legal Scholars.” The deadline for submission is June 30th, 2015. Only drafts of complete papers will be considered. 

Program Committee: 
David Abrams - University of Pennsylvania Law School
Bernie Black - Northwestern University School of Law 
Valarie Hans - Cornell Law School
Doron Teichman - Hebrew University 
Keren Weinshall-Margel - Hebrew University 
Eyal Zamir - Hebrew University