The Empirical Turn in Chinese Legal Research:
Challenges, Strategies, and Solutions
CALL FOR PAPERS
Empirical studies of the Chinese legal system have proliferated in recent decades. This trend has only been accelerated by greater generation of data on the one hand and methodological innovations in the social sciences on the other. Empirical legal research promises to enrich our understanding of legal phenomenon and to furnish a knowledge base for debating legal doctrine and theory. But the apparent objectivity of numbers can also mislead those unfamiliar with the assumptions and extrapolations underlying many of the conclusions drawn from quantitative research. To foster critical and constructive discussion about this emerging field, the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law will host a conference on " The Empirical Turn in Chinese Legal Research: Challenges, Strategies, and Solutions" to be held in-person at the University’s Centennial Campus on 9 and 10 January 2023. The conference organizer will cover the lodging and travel expenses of all invited speakers.
Submissions may address one or more of the following topics:
- Data generation and collection
- Methodological choices and trade-offs
- The generalizability or representativeness of small or local samples
- The relationship between empirical and theoretical or doctrinal research
The submission must address the topic of the call for papers, including but not limited to the topics listed above. Proposals may be submitted as drafts or abstracts of approximately 500 words.
Submissions should be made through the following form on or before 30 November 2022: https://hku.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5mr7O0rwf7l6JLw
Acceptances will be communicated by 7 December 2022. In addition, a special issue of the Hong Kong Law Journal will be dedicated to the proceedings of the conference. Submissions may be revised before publication. Final manuscripts are due 30 April 2023. All enquiries should be addressed to Ms. Yin Xiaohan at firstname.lastname@example.org.