VSR Yearly Conference 2023

The VSR Annual Conference will be hosted by the University of Amsterdam School of Law. It will take place 6-7 July 2023 in Amsterdam.

The VSR, the Dutch and Flemish Law and Society association, has existed since 1980 and is an association for researchers and practicing lawyers who themselves conduct research in the field of the empirical workings of law or are interested in it. During our annual two-day conference researchers from different disciplinary backgrounds (sociologists of law, legal anthropologists, legal psychologists, public administration experts and criminologists) present their findings. See the VSR website for more details about its structure and goals.

The theme for this year’s Annual Conference is: The Next Generation.

Society as a whole is faced with challenges on how to move further and how to ensure the next generation can thrive. Topics such as the climate crisis, migration, democratic backsliding, the role of technology are just a few of the pressing issues we are faced with. The Next Generation also means pushing boundaries, employing different approaches and creating space for junior academics and those voices in academia who do not always get the same space.

All themes will be running throughout the whole conference. Our keynote speaker pushes boundaries with her approach to research, we want to connect scholars who have something to offer and those who seek help via Academic Speed Dating and create space for voices in academia who do not always get the same platform as others.

There will be a conference fee to pay for food and drinks (tea and coffee, lunch and one reception with snacks included) during the conference. As a participant you can sign up for the conference dinner as well. The conference organizers will not provide or organise housing and accommodation, but we will provide some general information by email to registered participants.

Please sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/vsr-annual-conference-2023-amsterdam-tickets-464242119677


During these two days there will be four blocks with parallel sessions where papers will be presented. We are also very happy to announce our keynote speaker:

Prof. Dr. Marie Rosenkrantz Lindegaard

She conducts cutting-edge research in the area of criminology, AI and the use of CCTV (surveillance camera’s) for observational research.

Next to thought provoking and inspiring panel sessions, there will also be plenty of room to (re-)connect to fellow researchers during the coffee/tea and lunch breaks.

We’ll have drinks on Thursday the 6th of July on the Roeterseiland campus, followed by a 5-course walking dinner (drinks included) overlooking the beautiful city of Amsterdam. We hope you’ll join us for both.

A more detailed schedule will be published after the paper sessions are finalised.

Call for Papers

You can submit individual papers. We will select papers and panels that discuss theoretical or empirical research. For the individual paper you will be asked to submit the paper title and abstract (up to about 200 words). The application process will start beginning of March, 2023. We invite scholars to showcase a link to the empirical workings of the law and to the theme of the conference (the Next Generation).

If you want to submit a panel proposal please contact us at vsrannualconference2023@gmail.com BEFORE the deadline submission date.

The deadline for submissions is May 1st, 2023.

You will be informed about your submission before May 15th, 2023.

We look forward to seeing you at the VSR Annual Conference 2023 in Amsterdam!

Participating in the conference

If you want to participate in the conference without presenting a paper you can buy a ticket named “Attending without presenting”. When you want to submit an abstract you will have to buy a ticket with the title “Paper proposal”. There you can upload your abstract.

The latest you can buy a ticket to attend the Annual Conference without presenting a paper is June 15th, 2023.

If you have any further questions feel free to contact us at vsrannualconference2023@gmail.com