VSR Yearly conference 2021

Annual general meeting and keynote Sarah Dezalay

Dear members and those of you interested in VSR activities,

On the 15th of January our annual general meeting of members and the preceding keynote address by Dr. Sarah Dezalay will take place.

As indicated before the annual VSR conference cannot take place in the way we are used to because of the uncertainties surrounding the COVID 19 pandemic. Therefore the meeting of the members will be held online. Preceding the meeting dr. Sarah Dezalay, Senior Lecturer at the Cardiff School for Law and Politics will deliver a keynote address. A number of very interesting respondents will comment on her speech before the floor will be opened for discussion with dr. Dezalay. Morag Goodwin (Tilburg) Janine Ubink (Leiden) and Thandiwe Matthews (ISS) will provide the kick off for what will surely be an interesting discussion.

The schedule is as follows:

Friday January 15

13:30-14:15 – Intro & Keynote

14:15-15:00 – Discussion

15:00-15:15 – Break

15:15-16:45 – meeting of the members

The keynote will address the theme of the globalisation of the legal profession and below you may find an abstract of the address.

Africa’s lawyers: between imperial legacies and transformations in global capitalism

Politico-ideological projections on the prominence taken by Africa as the “world economy’s last frontier” raise particularly acute challenges for the researcher interested in the relationship between law, politics and globalization on the continent. Combining political sociology with global history, Dezalay’s research aims to expound the entanglement between legal evolution, political change and transformations of capitalism in the uneven and unequal relations between Africa and the world economy. Drawing on multi-sited research, her micro focus on the roles played by lawyers in state transformations offers an entry-point to trace how the asymmetrical yet interconnected relations between the African South

and the global are justified and renegotiated in the longue durée. Building on a case-study of the “Africa bar” in Paris, as a key site for the negotiation of extractive contracts between multinational corporations and Francophone states on the African continent, her presentation will examine ongoing legal corporate globalization dynamics into the continent as a layered process embedded in national palace wars, in the North and the African South, and molded by the competition between imperial pasts and presents.

We hope to be able to organise a gathering this spring or summer to also facilitate another important aspect of the yearly conference, seeing each other live and catching up. More news on that will follow. The zoom link to the meeting will also be provided for later.

Below you may find the documentation for the yearly meeting of the members.

The minutes of the plenetary meeting 2020 were sent to all members per email.
If you would like to receive the minutes, please email to: vsr.email@gmail.com

Bijlage 2 – VSR Jaarverslag 2020 Bijlage 3 – Verslag Communicatiestrategie VSR Bijlage 4 – Jaarverslag RdW 2020 Jaarvergadering 2021 agenda update

VSR2020 ALV Samenstelling bestuur

Kind regards,

Phil Paiement & Tobias Arnoldussen


Seminar 18th of June

On the 18the of June the VSR organized a seminar titled ‘The Fact/Value Distinction in Empirical-Legal Research and Young Researchers Present’.

After the keynote address on the fact value distinction we will be discussing doing research and the various methodological and substantive problems that may occur such as the relationship between empirical finding an legal practices. Various young researchers will present and will share with us their results. They will obtain feedback from senior researchers and professors who have already earned their stripes. The day promises to be interesting and fruitful with clear ideas and insights.

Below you may find the program, containing a varied mix of subjects, researchers and an interesting keynote. We already look forward to all the contributions and discussions on the 18th.


14:00: opening of the seminar and VSR

14:05: Keynote address door Vincent Geeraets: The Fact / Norm Distinction in Empirical Legal Research

14:35: Antony Pemberton: Reflection

14:50: Discussion


15:00- 15:30 break


15:30 Parallel session1 (Language English, chair: Elke Olthuis)

15:30 Lisa Ansems: ‘From Empirical Findings to the Normative Domain of Law’

15:45 Reflection and comments: Benjamin van Rooij

16:00 Erin Jackson: ‘A European judicial culture: does one exist and what is it? Perspectives from European judges and legal professionals’

16:15 Reflection and comments: Phil Paiement

16:30 – 17:00 discussion


15:30 Parallel session 2 (Language Dutch, Chair Ellen Desmet)

15:30 Danse de Bondt: ‘Breaking whose rules? Agency, power and serious games in rural Uganda’

15: 45 Reflection and comments: Agnes Schreiner

15:55 Nada Heddane & Judith van Uden ‘Marriage and Migration in Morocco: experiences of Syrian and sub-Saharan migrants’

16:10 Reflection and comments: Betty de Hart

16: 20 Alma Besic ‘Language socialization of first year Erasmus School of Law students’

16:35 Reflection and comments: Marc Simon Thomas

16:45 Discussion


17:00 closure


We are looking forward to this great exchange of ideas between the old guard and young talent! You may find the abstracts below.

Kind regards,

Tobias Arnoldussen

Abstract Lisa Ansems From Empirical Findings to the Normative Domain of Law

Abstract Erin Jackson European Legal Cultures

Abstract Danse de Bondt Breaking Whose Rules Agency Power and serious games in rural Uganda

Abstract Heddane en Van Uden Marriage and migration in Morocco

Abstract Alma Besic Language socialization of first year Erasmus School of Law students