Conducting empirical qualitative research in the legal sciences

26 April 2022
campus Hasselt

This event has already taken place.


This course was organized as a part of the PhD efficiency trajectory (25/04/22 - 29/04/22) for PhD students of the Faculty of Law.Other courses included in this trajectory are:

In addition to a study of the 'law in books', it may be desirable, as part of a doctoral study in law, to also focus on the 'law in action', i.e. the ways in which legislation, policy and directives are (or are not) implemented in practice. This often requires empirical research. In this course, the most important principles of qualitative research are explained, with a specific focus on studying the implementation of laws and policies.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, participants will:

  • have insight in the basic principles of qualitative research
  • have insight in the application of qualitative research principles to the study of 'law in action'


An important part of preparing for any further professional step is becoming (more) aware of the competences you have developed and/or want to develop. In the current workshop, the following competences from the UHasselt competency overview are actively dealt with:

  • academic research competences
    • research methods
  • intellectual competences:
    • critical judgment
  • task-orientedness:
    • quality assurance


For whom?

  • PhD students in the field of law

When and where?

  • April 26, 2022 - 09:00-12:00
  • Campus Hasselt, FR3.01


  • Registration is now closed
  • As places are limited, registering does not automatically imply that you will be able to participate. You will be notified by email after the registration deadline has passed.
  • Please cancel your registration at least one week in advance in case you cannot make it (cf. cancellation & no-show policy).

Acknowledged as?

  • DS BSH - category 'advanced discipline-specific knowledge' - workshop useful for own research (0,5 points D)
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