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The European Society for Empirical Legal Studies

The European Society for Empirical Legal Studies (ESELS) aims to bring together persons and organisations interested in or actively engaged in research, education or practice in the field of empirical legal studies (ELS) in one multi/interdisciplinary society and on a European level, to foster empirical legal scholarship, and to encourage exchange and cooperation among those engaged in ELS. ESELS is committed to foster a methodologically pluralist, intellectually open, and disciplinary inclusive academic culture.

Founding members


ESELS was founded in September 2021 at the Empirical Legal Studies Conference in Amsterdam. The founding members came from universities in different countries in Europe. It was decided that there would be a provisional board, and that the final board would be elected by the members at the following year’s ESELS conference

Meet us


The founding members of the European Society for Empirical Legal Studies are Jessie Pool (Leiden University), Catrien Bijleveld (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), Helen Pluut (Leiden University), Arno Akkermans (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), Sonja Bekker (Utrecht University), Jarosław Bełdowski (Warsaw School of Economics), Julien Bétaille (Université Toulouse Capitole), Mattias Derlen (Umeå University), Pieter Desmet (Erasmus University Rotterdam), Libor Dušek (Charles University), Hazel Genn (University College London), Johan Lindholm (Umeå University), Fernando Miró (Miguel Hernández University of Elche), Elena Kantorowicz-Reznichenko (Erasmus University Rotterdam), Urška Šadl (European University Institute) and Paulien de Winter (University of Groningen)