ESELS Conference Elche 20-21 June 2024

The 2024 Conference of ESELS will be hosted at the Universidad Miguel Hernández (Spain) on 20-21 June. For more info on abstracts and conference registration please scroll down...

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Elche 20-21 June 2024

The organizing committee welcomes you to Elche!

Welcome to the 2024 European Empirical Legal Studies (ELS) Conference, organized by the European Society for Empirical Legal Studies (ESELS), the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law of Miguel Hernández University, and CRÍMINA Center for the study and prevention of crime.

Conference: Arenals Building, Universidad de Miguel Hernández. Altabix-3, 55, 03207 Elx,

The Conference will take place in Elche, Spain. It will be hosted at the Universidad Miguel Hernández from 20-21 June 2024. We organize a welcome reception on the 19th of June at 18:00 and the conference ends on the 21st of June no later than 17:00.

For further information on the (preliminary) panels and presentations, please see: ESELS programme 2024 Elche Conference.

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 2024 ESELS Conference, we invite everyone involved in legal research using qualitative and/or quantitative methods to submit abstracts that may focus on ongoing or completed research about the assumptions, the functioning, and/or the impact of the law.

Elche, is a city located in the beautiful Costa Blanca of the province of Alicante, in the Valencian Community (Spain). Elche has an impressive historical heritage, a unique natural environment and a rich culture. It is often a fascinating destination for visitors! For practical information on accommodation and things to do in Elche, please scroll further down…

Practical Information

Address of the Welcome (19 June 2024)

Ayuntamiento de Elche

Plaça de Baix

03202 Elche (Alicante)


Address of the Conference (20 and 21 June 2024)

Arenals Building

Universidad Miguel Hernández

Altabix-3, 55

03202 Elche (Alicante)

Spain 03207


Address of Conference Dinner (20 june 2024, night)

Hotel Huerto del Cura

Carrer Porta de la Morera, 14

03202 Elche, Alicante

How to get to Miguel Hernández University?

The Elche bus station is located in front of the campus, at an approximate 10-minute walk. While
the closest train station to Miguel Hernández University is Elche-Parque/Elx-Parc, it is about 13
minutes away by foot.

By car:

The Miguel Hernández University has several free-access parking spaces distributed
throughout its campus. To find out the locations, click on the university map.
[P] Parking Gratuito UMH Elche Aparcamiento, 03202 Elche, Alicante (link)
[P] Aparcamiento Gratuito Galia UMH, Altabix-3, 9, 03202 Elx, Alicante (link)

By Urban Bus:

Lines D, F, K1, K2 and R1 with nearby stops at 236 – in front of the La Galia building -,
321 – south entrance 2 – and 296 – in front of the Rectorate and Social Council building
(this is the building located below where the conference is held).
Stops 90 and 91 correspond to the train and bus stations, respectively.

By Interurban Bus:

Lines 1A and 1B with a stop at the airport (Elche – Arenales del Sol) and Line 2 (Elche –
Arenales del Sol).
Line 90 (Elche – Alicante) and Line 91 (Elche – Santa Pola)
From other cities (Murcia, Valencia, Madrid): use ALSA transport company

By Commuter Train:

To get from Alicante to the Miguel Hernández University it is necessary to take a
commuter train (in spanish “cercanías”) to Elche (commuter train Murcia-Alicante). The
frequency of the commuter train is approximately 1 hour, and the Alicante-Elche
journey takes approximately 30 minutes. The closest stop to the Miguel Hernández

The schedules are available at:

By Taxi:
Radio Taxi Elche: +34 965 42 77 77
Elche Taxi: +34 966 65 80 01


Below, we leave you a list of hotels located in the centre of the city of Elche, close to both the
welcome conference and the Miguel Hernandez University of Elche:

**** Hotel Huerto del Cura, Carrer Porta de la Morera, 14, 03203 Elx, Alicante 
**** Hotel Port Jardín Milenio, Carrer Curtidors, 17, 03203 Elx, Alicante 
**** Hotel Hort de Nal, Avinguda de Candalix, 27, BAJO, 03202 Elche, Alicante 
*** Hotel Elche Centro Affiliated by Meliá. Avinguda en Joan Carles I, 7, 03203 Elx, Alicante 
*** Hotel Ibis Elche. Calle Barchell 5. 03203 Elche. España 

We also provide you with other options located further out of the city:

*** B&B Hotel Elche, Carrer Almansa, 62, 03206 Carrus, Alicante 
*** Hotel YIT Ciudad de Elche, Carrer Petrer, 37, 03206 Elx, Alicante 

Here we give you other options located in the city of Alicante, but easily accessible by train or

Hotel La City Estación. Av. Salamanca, 16, 03005 Alicante 
AC Hotel by Marriott Alicante. Avinguda d’Elx, 3, 03008 Alacant, Alicante 

Where to eat in Elche?

Restaurante Mar i Merlot, C/ Alvado, 3, 03202 Elx, Alicante
Restaurante Hotel Huerto del Cura, C/ Porta de la Morera, 14, 03203 Elx, Alicante
Restaurante Paco Gil, C/ Sucre, 10, 03202 Elx, Alicante
Mestizaje, C/ Mare de Déu dels Desamparats, 13, 03203 Elx, Alicante
Restaurante Xixili Elche, C/ Porta de la Morera, 2, 03203 Elx, Alicante
Taberna Chico Calla, C/ Mare de Déu del Carme, 5, 03203 Elx, Alicante
La Latería Gastrobar, C/ Alfonso X el Sabio, 17, 03203 Elx, Alicante

Things to do in Elche!

Elche is a city full of history, culture, and natural beauty, offering a unique experience to its
visitors. Whether you’re exploring its impressive heritage, savouring local cuisine, or relaxing on
nearby beaches, this city has much to offer conference attendees. Here we leave you our top 5
things to see and do in Elche:

1. Palacio de Altamira (Altamira Palace): This majestic Renaissance palace is an iconic
place to start your visit. It houses the School Museum of Puçol, where you can learn
about the educational history of the region.
2. El Palmeral de Elche (The Palm Grove of Elche): Elche is famous for its immense palm
grove, which is the only UNESCO World Heritage Site of its kind in Europe. You can stroll
along shaded pathways and admire differents types of date palm trees.
3. El Misteri d’Elx: This unique theatrical representation in the world takes place in the
Basilica of Santa María in August. It is a liturgical drama about the Assumption of the
Virgin Mary and has been declared an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by
4. Municipal Park: A lovely place to relax, take a walk, or enjoy a picnic. The park is
known for its pond and peaceful atmosphere.
5. Beaches: Despite being an inland city, Elche is a short distance from the beautiful
beaches of the Costa Blanca. Santa Pola and Arenales del Sol are popular destinations
for enjoying the sun and sea.

We hope you enjoy your stay in Elche!