Seminar “A European New Legal Realism”

by admin on november 11, 2016

Op woensdag 14 december 2016 vindt aan de Erasmus Law School het seminar “A European New Legal Realism” plaats. Het seminar wordt georganiseerd door Professor Jan Klabbers (Helsinki) en LL.D. Elisabeth Eneroth (Lund)

The purpose of the seminar is to present and discuss three contributions to the special issue in Retfærd. Nordic Journal on Law and Justice, Vol. 39, Nr. 4, 2016 on European New Legal Realism (ENLR). The seminar begins with a presentation of the premises for a ENLR as elaborated by Associate Professor Jakob v. H. Holtermann and Professor Mikael Rask Madsen (both iCourts, Copenhagen) in their article “What is Empirical in Empirical Studies of Law? A European New Legal Realist Conception”.

The presentation is followed by comments by Professor Henrik Palmer Olsen (iCourts, Copenhagen) and Professor Stuart Toddington (Huddersfield) as presented in their article “Legal Realism: In Search of a Science of Law”. These comments are followed by a presentation by Elisabeth Eneroth (Lund) of an alternate theoretical and methodological route to the premises of a ENLR as presented in her article ”Critical Substantive Validity Testing of Legal Norms”. The three presentations are followed by comments by Professor Jan Klabbers, visiting professor at Erasmus Law School (Helsinki). The seminar ends with a debate among the participants on the possibilities and/or limitations of a ENLR as presented by Holtermann and Madsen as well as interjections on the comments and alternative route presented by Olsen, Toddington and Eneroth.

Datum en Tijd
Het seminar vindt plaats op 14 december van 13.00 tot 15.00, in Polak 3-22, Erasmus Law school in Rotterdam. Deelname is gratis, maar geïnteresseerden wordt verzocht zich vooraf aan te melden via



13:00–14:00 A European New Legal Realism

  • Jakob v. H. Holtermann en Mikael Rask Madsen
  • Henrik Palmer Olsen en Stuart Toddington
  • Elisabeth Eneroth


  • Jan Klabbers

14:00–14:15    Reactie op commentaren

14:15–15:00   Panel Debat en vragen uit het publiek


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