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September 28, 2005

The website for the 2010 Conference on Empirical Legal Studies at Yale Law School is now available.

First Annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies

Announcement & Call for Papers (Submission Deadline: June 30, 2006)

The inaugural EMPIRICAL LEGAL STUDIES CONFERENCE will be held at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, Texas, on Friday 27–Saturday 28 October 2006 (ending by 2:00 on Saturday to allow most participants to return home Saturday afternoon). The conference will feature presentations of original empirical and experimental legal scholarship by leading scholars from a diverse range of fields.

The Conference on Empirical Legal Studies is jointly organized by Cornell Law School, NYU School of Law and the University of Texas Law School. The 2006, 2007 and 2008 CONFERENCES will be held at University of Texas Law School, New York University School of Law and Cornell Law School, respectively. The conference organizers are: Jennifer Arlen (NYU), Bernard Black (Texas), Theodore Eisenberg (Cornell), Michael Heise (Cornell) and Geoffrey Miller (NYU).

Conference Objectives:

The conference's goals are: (i) to encourage and develop empirical and experimental scholarship on legal issues by providing scholars with an opportunity to present and discuss their work with an interdisciplinary group of scholars; and (ii) to stimulate ongoing conversations among scholars in law, economics, political science, finance, psychology, sociology, and other disciplines about research in this area. The conference’s audience will include paper presenters, commentators, and other attendees, and will include many of the nation’s leading empirical legal scholars. The goal is productive discourse on both particular papers and appropriate methodologies.

Committed Participants:

The following scholars have agreed to participate in the 2006 conference.

We welcome submissions in all areas of empirical and experimental legal scholarship, including but not limited to the following general topic areas:

  1. banking and financial institutions
  2. bankruptcy
  3. civil rights and discrimination
  4. contracts
  5. criminal justice
  6. courts and judges
  7. corporate governance
  8. corporate law
  9. empirical methodology
  10. experimental
  11. health care (other than medical malpractice)
  12. intellectual property
  13. international relations
  14. juries, judges, and civil justice
  15. law and finance
  16. law and politics
  17. law and psychology
  18. law and society
  19. law and sociology
  20. medical malpractice
  21. other private law
  22. precedent and citations
  23. securities law
  24. tax and public finance
  25. torts
  26. venture capital and other private equity


Submissions for the Conference should be sent as email attachments no later than June 30, 2006 to:

Please specify the topic(s) for which you are submitting the paper (limit two). All submissions will be refereed. The number of accepted papers will depend on the number and quality of submissions. There is no publication commitment associated with the Conference, nor is previously published work eligible for consideration. There is no cost to register for the conference.

Out-of-town paper presenters will receive payment of $800 to cover their expenses (if expenses are less than this, the remainder can be treated as an honorarium) (limited to one presenter per paper). Given respectable low-cost hotel options and a "state rate" for airfare, we expect that this amount will be sufficient to cover presenters’ travel and lodging and other costs. Presenters must attend the entire conference to receive the honorarium.

General inquiries concerning the 2006 Conference should be sent to:

Prof. Bernard Black
University of Texas, School of Law and McCombs School of Business, (512) 471-4632

Registration requests and logistical inquiries should be directed to:

Ms. Peggy Brundage, (512) 232-1387