European Society for Empirical Legal Studies

Welcome to the European Society for Empirical Legal Studies (ESELS). Our Society brings together persons and organizations from across Europe and beyond, sharing an interest and involvement in Empirical Legal Studies in both academic research and teaching.

Our Annual Conference in Elche (Spain) on 20-21 June 2024 is approaching, with keynotes by Juan S. Mora-Sanguinetti, Mathias Siems and Barbora Holá.

We are very pleased to announce that the inaugural issue of the European Journal of Empirical Legal Studies is out now!


Promoting ELS in a European context

Our European Society offers opportunities to bring together persons and organizations engaged in Empirical Legal Studies (ELS) to stimulate multi- and interdisciplinary research.

The aim of ESELS is to promote empirical-legal scholarship among European and international researchers and institutions and to encourage exchange and collaboration between empirical-legal scholars, as well as providing a European platform for upcoming researchers engaged in ELS.

ESELS is committed to foster a methodologically pluralist, intellectually open, and disciplinary inclusive academic culture actively promoting academic interest in ELS on a European level.

Upcoming ESELS event

Save the date: ESELS Conference 20-21 June 2024 in Elche (Spain)

After a successful inaugural conference in Warsaw, preparations are in full force for our 2024 conference. We are delighted to invite you to our 2024 Conference in Elche, Spain, hosted at the Universidad Miguel Hernández at 20/21 June 2024. The call for papers is open now!

Elche’s cultural richness and scenic beauty provide the ideal circumstances for our second conference. Last but not least, the conference will be finished just in time to experience the Alicante 2024 bonfire festivities.

Local organizers (Fernando Miró Llinares, Elena Beatriz Fernández Castejón and many more) and board (Catrien Bijleveld, Jessie Pool, Urška Šadl, Mariia D. and Pieter Desmet) are looking forward to seeing all of you in Elche!