inaugural and valedictory lectures

Inaugural Lecture Marijke Malsch

Far-reaching changes are presently occurring in legal systems. The rule of
law is becoming less self-evident in several countries worldwide. New types
of crime – like organizational crime, human trafficking, money laundering and
various types of online crime – are on the rise. Several miscarriages of
justice have been detected worldwide, creating an imperative for in-depth
analysis of their potential causes. The involvement of disciplines other than
the legal in the court system is becoming increasingly important. A
considerable challenge is posed by the communication between the legal
discipline and the social sciences and forensic disciplines.
This booklet, an enriched version of the author’s inaugural lecture, examines
the extent to which empirical studies are used in legal practice, how more
extensive use could be promoted, and what risks are associated with these
studies being ignored. The lecture also contains a look into the future:
various new topics for research are presented. It thereby intends to help to
promote further growth of the field of Empirical Legal Studies.

Flyer – Law Is Too Important to Leave to Lawyers (1)

Inaugural lecture Betty de Hart


vrijdag 20 september 2019, om 15.45 uur, in de aula van de universiteit,

De Boelelaan 1105.

Na afloop receptie.

Afscheidsrede John Griffiths

Beneden vindt u de als PdF bijgesloten afscheidsrede van John Griffiths.

How I became a sociologist of law

Inaugural lecture prof. Ali Bilgiç

‘A Human Security Perspective on Migration: A Compass in the Perfect Storm’. Prince Claus Chair in Development and Equity inaugural lecture.


On 12 April 2018, prof. Ali Bilgiç will formally accept his appointment to the Prince Claus Chair in Development and Equity and deliver his inaugural lecture entitled ‘A Human Security Perspective on Migration: A Compass in the Perfect Storm’.

The lecture will be followed by a reception.

Can’t make it to the lecture? Watch it live via ISS livestream

If you are not able to make to the ISS in The Hague on 12 April, you can watch the broadcast live via ISS livestream.

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