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Empirical Legal Research Festival 2019

Tue 30 April 2019

Emperical Festival

On 30 April 2019, the ELRN held its second ‘Empirical Legal Research Festival’, the first one taking place in April 2018. The Festival, as with the Colloquium, was freely open to everyone to attend.

The Festival comprised two parts:


Speakers from within and outwith the University of Edinburgh offered insights into their recently completed or ongoing empirical legal research using different types of methods, and then fielded questions and feedback from the participants. The speakers for this workshop were:

  • Ms Judy Warburton (PhD candidate at the University of Stirling), who presented on decision-making in the Scottish children’s hearing system
  • Ms Annie Sorbie (Lecturer in Medical Law and Ethics at the University of Edinburgh), who presented on health professional regulators’ role in embedding candour
  • Ms Aura Kostiainen (PhD candidate and the University of Helsinki), who presented on studying key concepts and discourses in (pre-)law-making

Annual Lecture

The workshop was then followed by the ‘ELRN Annual Lecture’. Professor Rosemary Hunter, Professor of Law at Kent Law School, spoke on ‘Lies, statistics and family law’ and the fate of empirical legal research in the post-truth era, by reference to recent debates within the family justice system. Her lecture was followed by a Q&A and a wine reception.