Phd seminar on Qualitative Research Methods In Legal Studies – University of Copenhagen

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Phd seminar on Qualitative Research Methods In Legal Studies

The Centre of Excellence for International Courts (iCourts) and the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies of Law (CIS) invite all PhD students within the discipline of jurisprudence to a course on

Qualitative Research Methods for Legal Research

The purpose of this course is to provide students with insight into the design and implementation of (semi-structured) interview and participatory observation techniques, as well as field work within the field of legal studies. Due to what has been labelled an ‘empirical turn in legal scholarship,’ students and researchers within law are increasingly drawing on both quantitative and qualitative research methods in their research. In this wider context, qualitative research methods, such as interviews and ethnographic observation have played a pivotal role for new and emerging scholarship of a number of different legal fields. Here interviews are used to provide an empirically based understanding of the social fabric in which legal practices are embedded and of the very impact of the law in local contexts.

PhD students and young researchers in law increasingly have to compete on an international market in which empirical methods have become increasingly prevalent. As such, it is important to equip students with the necessary theoretical and practical tools in order to facilitate effective and coherent approaches to conducting interviews in the field. At the same time this will enable them to perform original studies that situate their research in current international scholarly currents and to address ongoing debates about the role of empirical work in legal science. The implementation and use of qualitative research approaches also necessitates an understanding of ethical questions and considerations as to the ways in which interview material can be used in writing articles and reports.

The course is designed to provide the students the opportunity to work hands-on with their own research question frameworks and how to plan and execute an original project based on qualitative semi-structured interviews. Students will receive feedback on their own interview frameworks and work on developing them. Students are expected to bring with them their interview frameworks and questions which will be discussed and developed together.


Phd Seminar: On Qualitative Research Methods In Legal Studies (pdf)

Course Information

Three sessions from13 to 15th March 2019. Time:

  • Wednesday - 9.00-16.00
  • Thursday - 9.00-15.15
  • Friday - 9.00-12.30

Venue: Room 8A.4.17, 4th floor, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, Njalsgade 76, DK-2300 Copenhagen S

ECTS: 2,5

Course organiser:
Any questions about the course may be directed to Juan A. Mayoral (+45 50112125 or, Nora Stappert (, Louise Victoria Johansen (, Lin Adrian ( & Mikkel Jarle Christiansen.

Maximum no. of participants: 15

Signing up

PhD students are requested to submit a paper (one page) on the economics theories covered by the course in relation to their project. The lecturer will then try to incorporate these in the different lessons. The paper must be submitted to the PhD Administration via email ( no later than the registration deadline which is 21 June 2019.

Please sign up by filling in this form
no later than 1 March 2019