2013 Network Conference, Lille, France





Lille 12-13 SEPTEMBER 2013
Bristol, Budapest (ELTE), Ghent, Göttingen, Groningen,
Lille – Nord de France, Turku, Uppsala


The Faculties of Law of the Universities of Bristol, Budapest (ELTE), Ghent, Göttingen, Groningen, Lille – Nord de France, Turku and Uppsala cordially invite graduate students and faculties to participate in the 6th annual Legal Research Network Conference 12-13 September 2013. The conference will be hosted by the doctoral school of the University Lille-Nord-de-France


The conference aims at friendly and stimulating research environment and a common space for graduate students and faculties to present and discuss international oriented legal research. The conference provides the opportunity for graduate students and faculties to present their research and discuss their ideas with colleagues in plenum and in a number of panels. The conference language is English.



Legal argumentation is a distinctively multidisciplinary field of inquiry. It draws its data, assumptions and methods from disciplines such as legal theory, legal philosophy, logic, argumentation theory, rhetoric, linguistics, literary theory, philosophy, sociology, etc. and its purpose is to reach conclusions through logical reasoning. It therefore includes the arts and sciences of civil debate, dialogue, conversation, and persuasion. It also studies rules of inference, logic, and procedural rules in both artificial and real world settings.

Various approaches can be considered: a historical and philosophical approach of legal argumentation ; a more theoretical approach of the various legal influences and theories that have shapen the study of legal argumentation but also a more practical approach : how arguments – legal and non legal –are prepared to be presented in court and how the validity of legal reasoning and legal argumentation is examined by the judges, but also by appeal courts, doctrine and by the public.


As this conference is intended for graduate students and faculty members of the faculties involved and aimed at stimulating international oriented legal research, the organizers anticipate to accept all working papers from members of the associated faculties. Further details, including the working papers, the program of the conference, venue and travel details will be made available to participants on the website.

For questions and queries either contact your local faculty representative in the organizing committee or contact Juliette Sénéchal (juliette.senechal-2@univ-lille2.fr).

Venue and Hotel Accomodation

The venue of the conference as well as information about accommodation will be made available in due course on the conference website.

Conference Costs

The Annual Legal Research Network Conference 2013 is free of charge for participating authors and discussants from the associated faculties. As the Conference is part of the strategic cooperation of our faculties, each faculty will subsidize costs of travel and accommodation of its graduate students and faculty members. The Doctoral school of Lille will cover the costs of organizing the Conference, including conference materials, coffee, lunches and the conference dinner on Friday evening.

Conference Committee

Prof. Paula Gilliker (Bristol)

Prof. Miklós Király (Budapest[ELTE])

Prof. Pál Sonnevend (Budapest[ELTE])

Ms. Andrea Robotka (Budapest[ELTE])

Prof. Reinhard Steennot (Ghent)

Prof. Hans de Wulf (Ghent)

Prof. Werner Heun (Göttingen)

Prof. Peter-Tobias Stoll (Göttingen)

Prof. Oscar Couwenberg (Groningen)

Dr Joop Houtman (Groningen)

Chris Bartelds, MA, LL.M (Groningen)

Prof. Serge Dauchy (Lille)

Dr Sophie Ranchy (Lille)

Prof. Juliette Sénéchal (Lille)

Prof. Anne Kumpula (Turku)

Ms. Mirkka Ruotsalainen (Turku)

Dr Anna Singer (Uppsala)

Call for papers

Conference programme