Online Symposium “Empirical Turn” on Law’s|Empirics Blog

Hamann & Towfigh, Online Symposium »Empirical Turn«, LAW’S|EMPIRICS, 20.11.2020
Link | DOI: 10.25527/re.2020.06

Ten years ago, German legal researcher Niels Petersen published an academic manifesto (in German, accompanied by an abstract in English) analysing whether continental jurisprudence might need an “empirical turn”. His article provoked various responses, including a sharply worded backlash by Ino Augsberg who criticized the “recent empiricist tone in jurisprudence”. Ten years later, we revisit the debate in an R|E Online Symposium by Law’s|Empirics. Are we any wiser today? Did the passage of time vindicate one view or the other? Or was the disagreement solely about words, maybe even a misunderstanding? Our symposium lets both authors revisit the issue and update the debate, in addition to other contributors whom we asked about their views.