ESELS Conference Warsaw 2023

The 2023 conference of the European Society for Empirical Legal Studies takes place on 25 and 26 September and is hosted by the Warsaw School of Economics

The conference venue: Warsaw School of Economics, Building C, al. Niepodległości 128, 02-554 Warszawa (Mokotów)


Welcome to Warsaw from the organizing commitee!

Welcome to the 2023 European Empirical Legal Studies (ELS) Conference, organized by the recently established European Society for Empirical Legal Studies (ESELS).

The Conference will be held on-site in Warsaw on Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th  September 2023 hosted by the Warsaw School of Economics.

The Conference will offer you an attractive opportunity to engage, discuss and present your research results in the field of empirical legal research with other international and European empirical legal scholars.

For the 2023 ESELS Conference, we invite all involved in legal research using qualitative and/or quantitative methods to submit abstracts, that may focus on ongoing or completed research on the assumptions, the functioning and the impact of the law.  Scroll down to Call for Papers for more detailed information on abstract submission.

Warsaw provides an interesting and exciting venue for the Conference, with its multiple historical and cultural attractions. Practical information will soon be made available for details on accommodation and things to do in Warsaw.

The programme of the Conference will include both paper sessions, pre-arranged panels and a poster session, during which drinks and snacks will be served. Tickets can be booked for the conference dinner on Monday, that will take place in a wonderful location. Publishers have been invited to showcase new publications.

The Conference will feature world renowned scholars, with keynotes by Adam Bodnar, Dean of the faculty of law of SWPS University, former Commissioner for Human Rights, Republic of Poland,  Jennifer Robbenolt, Alice Curtis Campbell Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology, Illinois College of Law, and Giovanni Ramello, professor of economics, Università di Torino.

Conference fees are competitive and even more competitive for those who become a member of ESELS. During the General Assembly on Monday, elections will be held for at large Board Members as well as the next President. We will then also launch the EJELS, the European Journal for Empirical Legal Studies.

We look forward to welcoming you in Warsaw in September 2023!

Call for abstracts

We invite all involved in empirical legal research to submit abstracts, that may focus on the assumptions about the real world on which law is based, the operations of the legal system and the effects of law and legal procedures, from a variety of disciplinary viewpoints and a variety of methodological approaches. We also welcome work in progress presentations

We invite the following types of submissions:

  1. Pre-arranged Panel Presentation
    • You can submit a pre-arranged panel with fellow researchers about (for example) a substantive theme or a certain methodological angle
  2. Individual Presentation
    • You can also submit an individual abstract. The organizing committee will arrange panels based on the individual submissions
  3. Poster Presentation
    • PhD candidates who do not want to present in a panel, may also submit a proposal to present a poster

Submissions require an abstract of 250 words maximum. We strongly advise applicants to submit a structured abstract, that is, an abstract that contains the following sections: Background, Research questions, Methodology, Results, Conclusions. Please add 3-5 keywords that comprise the substantive area of law. Abstracts should be submitted no later than 25 May 2023. Applicants will be notified of acceptance latest by 1 June 2023. Author information should list full name and title, full affiliation, and e-mail address

Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have about the call for papers


Submissions are now closed. We thank everyone who made a submission. We received more than 90 individual abstracts. Notice of acceptance or non-acceptance is scheduled for 1 June next. If there is an issue with your abstract or panel, or you have any other question, please contact us at

Practical information

Address of the Conference Venue

Warsaw School of Economics (WSE)
Building C
al. Niepodległości 128
02-554 Warszawa (Mokotów)
Click on Visitors Guide for a map of the WSE Campus

How to get to Warsaw School of Economics?

By car
The fee for parking in the Paid Unattended Parking Zone in Warsaw is collected on working days from Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The parking fee must be paid immediately after parking the vehicle. More about fees can be found on the official Warsaw page
By public transportation
The conference venue is a few minutes’ walk from the M1 line subway station, called Pole Mokotowskie. In addition, Tram 17 and 33 stop near the conference venue. Various bus lines also stop near the conference venue (Madalińskiego stop). You can plan your trip easily with Google Maps


We encourage you to book your hotel in Warsaw, as getting there from outside Warsaw can take more time during rush hour. The following hotels are located near the conference venue:

Hotel Reytan (link)  Tadeusza Rejtana 6, 02-516 Warszawa

Regent Warsaw Hotel (link) Belwederska 23, 00-761 Warszawa

Hotel Polonia Palace (link) al. Jerozolimskie 45, 00-692 Warszawa

Novotel Warszawa Centrum (link) Marszałkowska 94/98, 00-510 Warszawa

Hotel Metropol (link) Marszałkowska 99A, 00-693 Warszawa

Things to do in Warsaw

Warsaw is a city that has something to offer for everyone. Whether you are interested in history, art, culture, or nature, there are plenty of attractions to explore. Here are just a few of the top things to see and do in Warsaw:

  1. Old Town – The Old Town of Warsaw is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has been beautifully restored after its destruction during World War II. Take a stroll along the charming cobblestone streets, visit the Royal Castle, and admire the colorful facades of the historic buildings.
  2. Łazienki Park – Łazienki Park is one of the largest parks in Warsaw and is home to several palaces, gardens, and lakes. Visit the Palace on the Isle, a beautiful neoclassical building that houses a collection of art and antiques or take a walk around the stunning Chinese Garden
  3. POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews – The POLIN Museum tells the story of the Jewish community in Poland, from their arrival in the country to the present day. The museum uses interactive exhibits and multimedia displays to bring the history to life and is a must-visit for anyone interested in Jewish culture and history
  4. Palace of Culture and Science – The Palace of Culture and Science is one of Warsaw’s most iconic buildings and offers panoramic views of the city from its observation deck. The palace also houses theaters, cinemas, and exhibition halls, making it a cultural hub in the heart of the city
  5. Warsaw Uprising Museum – The Warsaw Uprising Museum is dedicated to the heroic struggles of the Polish resistance during World War II. The museum uses multimedia exhibits and personal stories to tell the history of the uprising and is a powerful and moving tribute to the courage and sacrifice of the Polish people

These are just a few of the many attractions that Warsaw has to offer. Whether you are interested in history, art, culture, or science, you will find something to explore and discover in this vibrant and dynamic city

Warsaw Old Town – Photo by Victor Malyushev on Unsplash

Key dates

Abstract Submissions Open: 20 April 2023

Deadline Abstract Submission: 25 May 2023

Abstract Submission Outcome: 1 June 2023

Registration Open: 1 June 2023

Deadline Early Bird Registration: 15 July 2023

Deadline Registration & Payment: 1 August 2023 (please contact us in case you missed the registration deadline and still want to join)

ESELS Conference: 25-26 September 2023

General Assembly European Society for Empirical Legal Studies: 25 September 2023

Conference Dinner: 25 September 2023

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