Course Overview:

Empirical methods are fairly new to the study of laws and legal systems. Indeed, most law schools in the United States, India and other countries do not offer courses in empirical methods for students or aspiring academics.

Yet many debates in law center on empirical questions about how court systems operate, what effects laws have, and how law changes over time. Empirical work is thus crucially important to academics, lawyers and policymakers who wish to improve their legal systems.

This short course provides an introduction to empirical methods in legal research. It addresses all aspects of empirical research, from formulating questions, gathering data, generating hypothesis and interpreting results, with an emphasis on using data for causal inference – i.e., understanding cause-and-effect relationships.

Objectives of the Course:

The primary objectives of the course are as follows:

 Introduce fundamental techniques commonly used in empirical study of law.

 Provide methods for gathering data, testing hypotheses, and interpreting results.

 Empirical research designs planning empirical research proposal.

Teaching Faculty

1. Professor William H.J. Hubbard 2.

2. Prof. (Dr.) G.S. Bajpai

Teaching Methodology:

Interactive class sessions will incorporate a combination of mini-lecture, audio-visual presentations, group exercises and discussions.

Who can attend :

 Students at all levels in fields of law or social science (LL.B., B.A., Ph.D., etc.).

 Faculty of law, or faculty in other fields with interest in empirical work on law

 Practicing lawyers, government officials, and leaders of non-governmental institutions interested in engagement with empirical research on law.

 Researchers in the field of law or social sciences

Procedure for Application & Shortlisting :

 The candidate’s desirous of attending the course may send duly filled registration form along with Online Payment Receipt at [email protected]

 Faculty/students from academic institutions are also required to send a copy of their current valid Identity card OR a bonafide certificate from their institution at [email protected]

 Last date of submission of application: 14th November, 2017.

 Short-listed candidates will be intimated by the 20th November, 2017.


The participation fees for the course are as follows:

 Participants from outside India: US $250/-

 Professionals/Lawyers/Non-Academics (without accommodation): Rs.5,000

 Students from academic institutions requiring accommodation (Dormitory accommodation): Rs. 4,000/-

 Faculty/Students from academic institutions not requiring accommodation: Rs. 3,000/-

 Faculty members requiring accommodation on shared basis: Rs. 10,000/-

Online Payment:

Registration Fee shall be payable via online on the link here.

Once you make the payment, kindly send the Fee receipt along with filled Registration form
in the following address [email protected]

The brochure is here.


This post was first published on: November 7, 2017

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