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New journal launched in empirical legal studies

Peer-Reviewed Publication

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Journal of Law and Empirical Analysis


Journal of Law and Empirical Analysis

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Introducing the Journal of Law and Empirical Analysis: A new peer-reviewed publication dedicated to the growing field of empirical legal studies. This interdisciplinary journal features 10 articles in its inaugural issue, offering valuable insights into the intersection of law and society.

The academic community welcomes an important addition to the realm of legal scholarship with the official launch of the Journal of Law and Empirical Analysis. This new peer-reviewed publication represents a collaborative effort between esteemed legal scholars: Prof. Eyal Zamir of Hebrew University, Prof. Lee Epstein, and Prof. Dan Klerman of the University of Southern California, alongside Prof. Christoph Engel of the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods in Bonn. Dedicated to empirical legal studies, the journal aims to foster rigorous inquiry and interdisciplinary dialogue in the field.

Prof. Eyal Zamir from Hebrew University, commented on the significance of the journal's launch, stating, "The Journal of Law and Empirical Analysis represents a pivotal step forward in legal scholarship, emphasizing the importance of empirical research in understanding the intricacies of legal systems."

Zamir added: “The four editors-in-chief hail from three academic institutions across North America, Europe, and Asia, offering a diverse array of interdisciplinary perspectives in law and economics, law and political science, and law and psychology. With the editorial board's even broader geographical and disciplinary diversity, the new journal aspires to advance cutting-edge empirical legal analysis globally.

Without compromising methodological rigor, the journal aims to engage a broad audience, including social scientists, jurists interested in empirical legal studies, the wider academic legal community, and legal policymakers."

The inaugural issue of the Journal of Law and Empirical Analysis, released on May 16, 2024, by Sage Publishing, features a diverse selection of 10 articles contributed by scholars from various corners of the globe. Central to the journal's ethos is its commitment to open access and scholarly rigor. By providing unrestricted access to high-quality research, the Journal of Law and Empirical Analysis seeks to facilitate broader engagement and collaboration within the global academic community.

For scholars and researchers interested in contributing to the journal or accessing its content, further information is available at Journal of Law and Empirical Analysis.

In the debut issue of the Journal of Law and Empirical Analysis, readers will find a compelling array of articles at the forefront of empirical legal research. Among the diverse topics explored are:

Editorial Board

The journal's editorial board, comprised of leading scholars from diverse disciplines, ensures a broad and interdisciplinary perspective. Members include:

  • Tom Baker, Carey Law School, University of Pennsylvania
  • Yun-chien Chang, Cornell Law School
  • Alejandro Chehtman, Law School, University Torcuato Di Tella
  • John Donohue, School of Law, Stanford University
  • Susann Fiedler, Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Department of Strategy and Innovation, Institute for Cognition and Behavior
  • Michael Frakes, Duke University School of Law
  • Jim Greiner, Harvard Law School
  • Mitu Gulati, University of Virginia School of Law
  • Ulrike Hahn, Birkbeck University of London
  • Eric Helland, Robert Day School of Economics and Finance, Claremont McKenna College
  • Gretchen Helmke, Department of Political Science, University of Rochester
  • Naomi Lamoreaux, Department of History, Yale University
  • David Law, The University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law
  • Michael Livermore, University of Virginia School of Law
  • Florencia Marotta-Wurgler, NYU School of Law
  • Michael J. Nelson, Department of Political Science, Penn State University
  • Anthony Niblett, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto
  • Eric Posner, The University of Chicago Law School
  • Ilana Ritov, School of Education and Federmann Center for the Study of Rationality, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Emily Ryo, Duke University School of Law
  • Maya Sen, Kennedy School, Harvard University
  • Dan Simon, Gould School of Law, University of Southern California
  • Holger Spamann, Harvard Law School
  • Cass Sunstein, Harvard Law School
  • Doron Teichman, Faculty of Law, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Mila Versteeg, University of Virginia School of Law
  • Keren Weinshall, Faculty of Law, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • David Weisburd, Institute of Criminology, Faculty of Law, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

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