Call For Papers Conference on Empirical Legal Studies in Asia



Event Date: 

06/13/17 to 06/15/17

Location name: 

Taipei, Taiwan


Academia Sinica in Taiwan and he Society for Empirical Legal Studies (SELS)

Call For Papers
Conference on Empirical Legal Studies in Asia

Submission Deadline: 15 February 2017

June 13 - 15, 2017 (Tuesday - Thursday), at Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan (

OVERVIEW: Empirical legal studies are well established in the United States and are now part of the academic mainstream. In Asia, as compared to other "law and" disciplines, empirical legal studies appear to rise faster and spread wider. For legal empiricists, it is not enough. Both legal academia and policy-makers would benefit from a deeper understanding of the law in action as well as behaviors of courts, legislators, regulated parties, etc. Hosted by Academia Sinica in Taiwan and sponsored by the Society for Empirical Legal Studies (SELS), the first Conference on Empirical Legal Studies in Asia (CELSA) brings together academics from law and other fields who embrace the empirical turn and seek to develop empirical accounts of law and legal institutions in Asia. CELSA will be held on June 14 - 15, 2017 and includes up to seven panels with up to 5 parallel sessions. One of the parallel sessions will be reserved for papers using Asian data.

On June 13, there will be a symposium on "Do courts rule efficiently?" Christoph Engel (Max Plank) is the keynote speaker. Michael Frakes (Northwestern), Michael Heise (Cornell), Bert Huang (Columbia), William Hubbard (Chicago), Florencia Marotta-Wugler (NYU), Anthony Niblett (Toronto), Ronen Avraham (Texas/Tel Aviv) and JJ Prescott (Michigan) plan to attend and present their original works. All registered CELSA participants are also welcome to attend (with a minimal fee). This symposium also counts as the 4th International Conference of Judicial System. The first three conferences were held in 2008, 2011, and 2014, all in Taipei organized by Institutum Iurisprudentiae, Academia Sinica.

Eric Talley (Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law, Columbia Law School)
Kuo-chang Huang (Congressman, Legislative Yuan of Taiwan; Board member, International Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Empirical Legal Studies; Founding Director, Center for Empirical Legal Studies, Institutum Iurisprudentiae, Academia Sinica)

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Papers are selected through a rigorous peer review process. CELSA will consider empirical papers across all areas of law. Quantitative data analysis is preferred. Only submissions in English are considered. While authors are strongly encouraged to submit works-in-progress, submissions should be completed drafts that present main findings. Submitted papers must be unpublished (and expected to be unpublished at the time of the conference). If accepted, authors will have an opportunity to submit a revised draft prior to the conference.

Each paper will be assigned a discussant and authors of accepted papers are expected to be willing to act as discussants of another paper. Although there is no commitment toward publication, conference speakers are invited to submit their papers to the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies.

For instructions on how to submit your paper, visit the SSRN website at

One can submit - and present- up to 2 papers to CELSA.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 15 February 2017, 18:00 (GMT+8)
Decision on submission will be notified by mid-March 2017.

Yun-chien Chang (Academia Sinica)
Chang-ching Lin (Cheng Kung University)
Chien-Chih Lin (Academia Sinica)
Yen-tu Su (Academia Sinica)

Yun-chien Chang (Academia Sinica)
Kong-pin Chen (Academia Sinica and National Taiwan University)
Ming-jen Lin (National Taiwan University)
Christoph Engel (Max Plank)
Michael Frakes (Northwestern)
Michael Heise (Cornell)
Dawn Chutkow (Cornell)
Bert Huang (Columbia)
William Hubbard (Chicago)
Florencia Marotta-Wugler (NYU)
Anthony Niblett (Toronto)
JJ Prescott (Michigan)
Eric Tally (Columbia)
Jonathan Klick (Penn)
Ronen Avraham (Texas/Tel Aviv)

CONFERENCE LIAISON: Dr. Han-wei Ho (Academia Sinica)

Please send logistics questions to Dr. Han-wei Ho at
Please send academic questions to Prof. Yun-chien Chang at

CONFERENCE FEE: The CELSA conference fee is 200 USD (50 USD for students). The fee includes 2 lunches, 2 dinners and all coffee breaks.

VENUE: Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan

ONE MORE THING: EMPIRICAL LEGAL STUDIES WORKSHOPS: On June 16, 2017 (Friday) from 9 am to 11:50 am, Dawn Chutkow (Visiting Professor of Law, Cornell Law School; Executive Editor, Journal of Empirical Legal Studies) and Michael Heise (Professor of law, Cornell Law School) would co-teach a workshop "A JELS Editorial Perspective on Empirical Legal Scholarship." (JELS stands for Journal of Empirical Legal Studies.) Registration fee is 50 USD. Space is limited.

On June 16, 2017 (Friday) from 1 pm to 5 pm, Jonathan Klick (Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School) Registration fee is 50 USD. Space is limited.


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