International PhD Academy
May 25 – 30, 2020
December 1, 2019 – January 31, 2020 via VIU website
Quantitative empirical legal studies represent a new growing sub-discipline of social sciences that benefits from the data revolution. Clusters of quantitative legal scholarship exist in the USA, the Netherlands, Russia, Israel, UK, Czech Republic and Brazil.
The Academy will be focused on the use of quantitative methods in legal studies. Participants will represent various countries with different legal traditions and jurisdictions, but all of them can benefit from the application of empirical methods to discover the legal reality.
The PhD Academy will have two main focuses:
- comparative discussions on the questions which are interesting for scholars from different countries (e.g. sentencing, pretrial detention, victimization surveys, judicial decisions, behavior of litigators, etc.).
- methodological questions in advanced quantitative analysis (e.g. methodological limitations of the administrative data, text-as-data approach, predictive empirical legal studies, natural experiments in law and society, etc.).
Empirical legal studies not only suggest new methods for legal scholars but also establish a new basis for international academic dialogue, because empirical studies are in fact much more universal and transparent for cross-country comparison.
This Academy aims to be a first step in the matter of internalization of legal studies and development of cross-national cooperation of legal scholars, being the involvement of the law faculties in the international cooperation an important part of promoting the idea of cross-national academic transparency.
- European University at St. Petersburg, Russia
- KU Leuven, Belgium
- Tel Aviv University, Israel
Kirill Titaev, European University at Saint Petersburg (Scientific Coordinator)
Vadim Volkov, European University at Saint Petersburg
Dmitry Skougarevsky, European University at Saint Petersburg
Vladimir Kudryavtsev,European University at Saint Petersburg
Alexey Knorre, European University at Saint Petersburg
Arthur Dyevre, KU Leuven
Nicolas Lampach, KU Leuven
Monika Glavina, KU Leuven
Timothy Yu Cheong Yeung, KU Leuven
Tamar Kricheli Katz, Tel Aviv University
Ronen Avraham, Tel Aviv University
- Comparative sentencing studies
- Text-as-data approach
- Behavior of litigators in commercial dispute resolution
- Administrative data and quantitative criminology
- Decision-making in Commercial Courts: from querying court API to estimating case outcome regressions
- Third-party litigation funding
- Strategies to increase the relevance of quantitative research in legal scholarship and legal education
- Challenges in publishing research that applies sophisticated and not yet common statistical techniques
- Epistemological issues pertaining to the application of economics
- Employment discrimination
The program will include round tables, field trips and transversal skills for developing participants’ academic careers, and poster sessions to present their own research projects.
Who can apply?
This PhD Academy is offered to PhD students, post-docs and researchers in Law and Social Sciences.
The PhD Academy is primarily for candidates from VIU's member universities, although applications from excellent external candidates will be considered and evaluated.
External candidates admitted to the PhD Academy will pay fees (further information available in the Brochure). VIU Alumni are eligible for a reduced fee.
Students from the VIU member institutions will pay no participation fees. Grant support is also available to support, partially or fully, the costs of international travel; accommodation on campus, in shared rooms, will be offered.
Applicants must submit the (1) application form, (2) a letter of motivation – which should include a short bio and a brief description of the candidate’s research project, (3) a curriculum vitae and (4) a photo.
For further information please download the Brochure and the Program or write to: firstname.lastname@example.org