International PhD Academy
October 2021 (tbd)
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.
This PhD Academy will be led by:
- 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
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 young researchers in Law and Social Sciences.
This PhD Academy is a postponed 2020 activity. Applications are currently closed, however, should any places become available, a new call for applications will be opened.
As the COVID-19 pandemic is ongoing, VIU will continue to monitor the situation, and in the event that it is not possible to confirm the program on the VIU campus as scheduled, other practicable solutions will be evaluated. Applicants and confirmed participants will be informed of any changes.