Research Group For Advanced Legal Methods

The Research Group on Advanced Legal Methods brings together Law Faculty members interested in issues of jurisprudence, theory, and method to promote the development of theoretical and methodological insights in our scholarship, the teaching and PhD program, and the Faculty in general. On this website, you will find information about the three wings of our research group agenda: monthly gatherings, the research program, and the teaching program; as well as updates on new research in the field.

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The Research Group on Advanced Legal Methods brings together Law Faculty members interested in issues of jurisprudence, theory, and method to promote the development of theoretical and methodological insights in our scholarship, the teaching and PhD program, and the Faculty in general. On this website, you will find information about the three wings of our research group agenda: monthly gatherings, the research program, and the teaching program; as well as updates on new research in the field.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Breakfast Jurisprudence is a term used in legal theory to signify that judges may be biased by their own personal well-being when they make decisions in law. Some studies have indicated that judges are more lenient in the morning or after lunch and less lenient before lunch (when they are hungry) or in late afternoons (when they are tired).These studies relate to more general theories of law that are usually collected under the umbrella term American legal realism. American legal realism was a movement in legal thought that emerged in the early 20th century and was characterized by a skepticism towards traditional legal doctrine and which had a focus on the social, economic, and political forces as explanatory factors for legal decisions. Legal realists thus argued that legal decisions are often influenced by factors beyond the law itself, such as the personal biases and personal values (moral, political, religious) of the judges who make the decisions, and that legal reasoning is often used to justify pre-existing beliefs or outcomes rather than serving as a neutral method of arriving at the truth. The term "breakfast jurisprudence" is also sometimes used to criticize superficial or shallow legal reasoning, and used in a casual or humorous way to describe legal reasoning that is not rigorous or well-thought-out.

Following the humoristic sense of the term, we give it a literal interpretation and host seminars where we will actually eat breakfast together while discussing jurisprudence. The sessions are open to participants of the research group, and members of the faculty who would like to workshop their research (on application to the research group coordinators,)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Research Group on Advanced Legal Methods (‘ALM’) is intended to co-ordinate research development efforts in relation to legal theory and method and contribute with furthering an inspiring environment for methodology and theory interested researchers. It seeks to do so by uniting expertise across faculty research centers. 

ALM focuses on legal theory broadly understood as comprising classic legal theory (i.e. jurisprudence) but also general philosophy (epistemology and ontology) and interdisciplinary theoretical frameworks (drawn from sociology, anthropology, computer science etc). 

ALM focuses on method as comprising legal (i.e. monodisciplinary, doctrinal) and interdisciplinary (e.g. law and economics; socio-legal; legal network science, etc.) methodologies, and seeks to investigate new possibilities for cross-fertilization. ALM considers theory and method as two interdependent elements of research design and will seek to unravel their (sometime tacit) presence and mutual connectedness in our academic practice. 

ALM will support developing theoretical basis for research projects in various domains of the faculty’s research projects for those that are theoretical, doctrinal, or empirical.  ALM is intended to develop insights not solely on the application of a method within a specific project, but rather to support the greater development of methodological perspective(s) for those that choose to participate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Researchers

Name Title Image
Bogetoft, Rasmus Arler Kamstrup Assistant Professor - Tenure Track Billede af Bogetoft, Rasmus Arler Kamstrup
Byrne, William Hamilton Assistant Professor Billede af Byrne, William Hamilton
Ehlers, Andreas Bloch Professor Billede af Ehlers, Andreas Bloch
Frese, Amalie Associate Professor Billede af Frese, Amalie
Gammeltoft-Hansen, Thomas Professor Billede af Gammeltoft-Hansen, Thomas
Godzimirska, Zuzanna Associate Professor Billede af Godzimirska, Zuzanna
Haagensen, Nicholas Postdoc Billede af Haagensen, Nicholas
Holtermann, Jakob v. H. Associate Professor Billede af Holtermann, Jakob v. H.
Johansen, Louise Victoria Associate Professor Billede af Johansen, Louise Victoria
Lev, Amnon Associate Professor Billede af Lev, Amnon
Olsen, Henrik Palmer Professor Billede af Olsen, Henrik Palmer

Contact

Henrik Palmer Olsen

Professor
Henrik Palmer Olsen


South Campus, Building: 6A.2.14
DK 2300 Copenhagen S
Phone: +45 35 32 32 19
Mail: henrik.palmer.olsen@jur.ku.dk

William Hamilton Byrne

Assistant professor
William Hamilton Byrne

South Campus, Building: 6B-2-15
DK 2300 Copenhagen S
Phone: +4535 33 77 99
Mail: william.hamilton.byrne@jur.ku.dk