03 Jun

Graduate School Methods Seminar

We are very excited to announce that the Graduate School is starting a new series of Graduate School Methods Seminars. The Methods Seminars are convened by Elvira Loibl, Monika Leszczyńska, Michele Ubertone, and Daniel On, with the goal of introducing members of our faculty, PhD candidates, Master’s Honours Research Track students, and other interested academics, to different methods being used to conduct legal research. In the seminars, guest speakers will present fundamentals, advantages, problems, and limits of a method that they are expert in. They will do this through the lens of their own research.

We hope that the Methods Seminars will become a space where members of different departments can meet to discuss common challenges related to the use of various legal research methods.  They are also meant to contribute to the broader discussion within our faculty about the quality of legal research. 

The next Graduate School Methods Seminar will take place on June 3, 2024 from 11.00-12.30

Graduate School Methods Seminar by Prof. Dr. Elena Kantorowicz-Reznichenko

Associate professor of Law and Economics at Erasmus University Rotterdam

Accounting for the Multidimensionality of Decisions: Conjoint Experiments for Legal Questions
Conjoint (discrete choice) experiments hold great potential to measure people’s preferences when many factors need to be taken into account. They allow to measure the importance people assign to each element in the decision, while keeping the scope of the study feasible. While this approach has been extensively used in marketing studies and in recent decades for political science questions, its full potential for legal studies is still to be unravelled. In this talk Elena Kantorowicz-Reznichenko will explain the method, its advantages and disadvantages, and illustrate the potential of conjoint experiments through a study where we examine consumers’ valuation of legal and contractual rights in online purchasing decisions. 

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