PhD seminar: Methodological approaches to case-law research: sharing experiences

On 26 May 2015 PhD researchers from the UGhent team are organizing a PhD Seminar to share experiences on methodological approaches to case-law research.

The aim of the seminar is to help PhD-students doing case-law research to reflect on their methodology design and strengthen the methodological underpinnings of their research.

As a PhD student, methodology is one of the biggest hurdles to overcome. And as PhD students in law, working on case-law can pose its own set of questions. Therefore, this PhD seminar will focus on research methodologies with respect to case-law. The seminar is organized in a three-tiered structure, based on the different stages in research of case-law, the kind of question the researcher would like to get answered, and methodological tools to facilitate the research. The first track will look into the process of selecting and normatively analyzing cases. The second track will focus on comparative research methods and the analysis of the dialogue between legal actors. The third track will address methods  originating from social sciences from which legal researchers can benefit.

As experience is an important source of knowledge, seven senior PhD researchers and fresh doctors in law will illustrate which hurdles they struggled with and how they developed their methodology in order to overcome these problems. The seminar will provide an interactive forum in which PhD-researchers can discuss each other’s methodology in a convivial setting. This seminar is organized in the framework of the Human Rights Integration network.

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