No current events.


Past events

The Future of Legal Education: A LERU Law Schools Pedagogical Workshop

Faculty of Law, Lund University, Sweden – 14 and 15 November 2018

The aim of the workshop is to gather teachers and researchers from LERU Law Schools (at different stages of their careers and from all fields of law) with a great interest in education and pedagogical development. The workshop will address many different aspects of legal education, teaching and pedagogical development, at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

The workshop aims at an exchange of best practices, increased collaboration between the Law Schools and the promotion of innovative legal education of highest quality.

The workshop will be organized in different streams, and through an open call colleagues can submit interesting papers, projects, initiatives and ideas to be presented and discussed. Among the themes that might be discussed are the following:

    • The implications for legal education of the digitalisation of law and/or legal practice, including legal tech labs;
    • The role of E-learning;
    • PhD-education;
    • The integration of interdisciplinary perspectives into legal curricula;
    • The inculcation in students of critical and reflective approaches to law;
    • The placement of international/European/transnational perspectives in legal education;
    • Clinical legal education and social engagement for students, including service learning and liaison with GOs;
    • Skills-based education, including research, writing, advocacy (moot court), negotiation and mediation skills;
    • Assessment methods, including formative and summative and the issue of feedback for students;
    • Evaluation of teaching.

This list is illustrative only and is designed to provoke conversations rather than limit options.

Tentative outline of the programme:

14 November

13.00 - 13.30   Registration and coffee
13.30 - 17.00   Introduction, Parallel streams, Coffee, Parallel streams
18.30   Dinner

15 November

09.00 - 13.00   Keynote speech by Professor Burkhard Schafer, Edinburgh Law School, on the tentative theme of ‘Can one be just without being human? A fictional dialogue with de Clapiers and de La Mettrie on the transformation of legal services through AI’
    Coffee, Parallel streams, Conclusion
13.00   Lunch

(The Pedagogical Workshop is to be followed by a meeting with the LERU Law Thematic Group of Law Deans on 15 and 16 November (midday to midday). A special invitation will be sent out.)

The workshop is free of charge. Costs for travel and accommodation are covered by the participants and their host institutions.

Please note that there is no prescribed format for your presentation to the workshop. The organisers will allocate participants to panel sessions with an assigned moderator. The moderator will discuss the best format for the panel with the participants in advance.

Important dates:

30 September 2018, last day to submit an abstract for a paper/project/initiative/idea to present at the workshop.

Submit your abstract – including your name, title and affiliation; the title of your paper/project/initiative/idea; and a text of maximum 250 words outlining its theme and content as well as issues to discuss at the workshop – via e-mail to Mia Rönnmar (

24 October 2018, last day to register for the workshop, please use the following link:

If you have any questions at this stage, please feel free to contact Mia Rönnmar ( More practical information regarding, for example, hotels and travel to Lund, will follow in due course.




Joint Utrecht/MMG-MPG Workshop on Methods and Research Design in Comparative Constitutional Studies for PhD candidates and post-docs

Utrecht University, School of Law – 15 March 2018

Prof. Ran Hirschl (Toronto/Göttingen/Max Planck Society)
Prof. Elaine Mak (Utrecht)

On Thursday 15 March, the Montaigne Centre at Utrecht University will host a workshop on comparative methods and research design in the field of comparative constitutional law. The key note speaker and main discussant will be Prof. Ran Hirschl, one of the main voices in current academic scholarship in law and political science and the author of inter alia Towards Juristocracy (Harvard University Press, 2004) and Comparative Matters (OUP, 2014).

Selected PhD candidates and post-docs from the UU and from Prof. Hirschl’s group will present their research and receive comments from Prof. Hirschl and from the other participants. Two slots are available for external speakers (see below, call for abstracts).

Confirmed speakers and topics are:

Leonie Huijbers (UU): Process-based fundamental rights review
Erin Jackson (UU): Trust-building between judges in Europe
dr. Erie Tanja (UU): Responsive forms of governance and the effects on the rule of law
Evan Rosevear (Toronto): Comparative social and economic rights jurisprudence
dr. Eugénie Mérieau (Göttingen): Constitutional law and politics in Southeast Asia (Thailand)
dr. Martijn van den Brink (Göttingen): Constitutional law and citizenship at the pan-European level

We invite junior and senior researchers with an interest in the methodology of comparative constitutional law research to participate in this workshop. If you wish to attend, please register with by 28 February 2018. As places for this event are limited, registrations will be handled on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

Date and time: 15 March 2018, 9.30-17.00, followed by drinks
Location: UU Law school building, Newtonlaan 201, room 4A.24-30

Programme (further details coming soon):

9.30-10.00 Welcome with coffee and tea
10.00-10.05 Opening by Prof. Elaine Mak
10.05-10.45 Introduction by Prof. Ran Hirschl and Q&A with the audience
10.45-11.45 Two PhD/post-doc presentations and discussion
11.45-12.00 Coffee and tea break
12.00-13.00 Two PhD/post-doc presentations and discussion
13.00-14.00 Lunch
14.00-15.00 Two PhD/post-doc presentations and discussion
15.00-16.00 Two PhD/post-doc presentations and discussion
16.00-16.15 Coffee and tea break
16.15-17.00 Final discussion and conclusions
17.00-18.00 Drinks

More information on Ran Hirschl is available here:

Call for abstracts for the two final slots in the workshop

Two slots in the workshop have been reserved for PhD candidates or post-docs from outside the Montaigne Centre and Prof. Hirschl’s group. Should you be interested in presenting your research in one of these slots, please contact Prof. Elaine Mak ( by 23 February 2018. In your e-mail, please include a short abstract of the research project which you’d like to present and indicate the methodological approach for this research (e.g. legal doctrinal analysis, use of methods from the social sciences, etc.). After the closing date, Prof. Hirschl and Prof. Mak will select two abstracts for the presentations.