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CELS Conferences

Annual Conference

The Fifteenth Conference on Empirical Legal Studies will be held fall 2021 at University of Toronto Law School, Toronto, Canada.

2021 Conference Co-Presidents

Andrew Green
Anthony Niblett
Albert Yoon


REGISTER FOR CELS 2021 coming soon here


CELS Poster Award Winners


CELS 2019 Theodor Eisenberg Poster Prize Winner:
Uyen Le (with Greg DeAngelo, Maryah Garner, and Shuichiro Nishioka), "Lost Jobs, Lost Lives: The Effects of Unemployment Shocks and Gun Laws on Suicides". Le Poster here. Le Paper here. 

CELS 2018 Theodore Eisenberg Poster Prize Winner:
Natasha Sarin (co-authored with Vladamir Mukharlyamov), "The Impact of the Durbin Amendment on Banks, Merchants, and Consumers." Sarin/Mukharlyamov Poster here. Sarin/Mukharlyamov Paper here.

CELS 2017 Theodore Eisenberg Poster Prize Winner:
Greg Buchak, "The Mechanisms of Reputation in Extralegal Enforcement." Buchak Poster here. Buchak Paper here.

2017 Honorable Mention:
Michelle Drouin and Christopher Stein, "Cognitive Bias in the Courtroom: Combating the Anchoring Effect in Criminal Sentencing." Drouin/Stein Poster here.

CELS 2016 Theodore Eisenberg Poster Prize Winner:
Aazam Virani with Zhiyao Chen, Hamed Mahmudi, and Xiaofei Zhao, "When a Buyer Gets Cold Feet: What is the Value of a Bidder Termination Provision in a Takeover?" Virani/Chen/Mahmudi/Zhao Poster here. Virani/Chen/Mahmudi/Zhao Paper here.

CELS 2015 Theodore Eisenberg Poster Prize Winner:
Dane Thorley, "Randomness Pre-Considered: Recognizing and Accounting for 'De-Randomizing' Events When Utilizing Random Judicial Assignment." Thorley Poster here.

CELS 2014 Theodore Eisenberg Poster Prize Winners
Kyle Rozema and Nicolas R. Ziebarth, "Behavioral Responses to Taxation: Cigarette Taxes and Food Stamp Take Up". Rozema/Ziebarth Poster here. Rozema/Ziebarth Paper here.

CELS 2013 Poster Winners
Megan S. Wright, Samantha Kluth, and Dana Dobbins, "Mock Jurors' Assessments of Blind Experts in Criminal Trials". Wright/Kluth/Dobbins Poster here. Wright/Kluth/Dobbins Paper here.

CELS 2012 Poster Winner
Yilian Xu, "Does Mortgage Deregulation Increase Foreclosures?: Evidence from Cleveland". Xa Poster here. Xa Paper here.

CELS 2011 Poster Winner
Yun-Chien Chang, "Tenancy in 'Anticommons'? A Theoretical and Empirical Analysis of Co-Ownership". Chang Poster here. Chang Paper here.


Conference History

The annual Conferences on Empirical Legal Studies (CELS) were launched in 2006, in response to the growing level of empirical scholarship in law schools and elsewhere. It has thus far been held at University of Texas (2006), NYU (2007), Cornell (2008), USC (2009), Yale (2010), Northwestern (2011), and Stanford (2012), Penn (2013), UC Berkeley (2014), Washington University School of Law in St. Louis (2015), and is scheduled for Duke University Law School (2016) in each case with generous support from the host school.

The founding organizers of CELS are Bernie Black (Northwestern), Jennifer Arlen and Geoffrey Miller (NYU), and Ted Eisenberg and Michael Heise (Cornell).

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