The Doctoral Clinic (Vaasa, 8-9 April 2019)

Photo: Asko Halme

The two-day national workshop, co-organised by the Faculty of Law, University Helsinki, and the Institute for Human Rights at Åbo Akademi University, and hosted by the Vaasa Unit of Legal Studies of the University of Helsinki, is intended for doctoral candidates in law and neighbouring disciplines (politics, social sciences, humanities, etc.) from all Finnish universities working on themes related to law.

The main aim of the workshop is to enable you to tackle the methodological problems that you may be facing in your thesis work. While the focus of the event is methodological, its approach is practical and ‘hands-on’. What is the difference between a theoretical framework and a method? What methods are available for legal research, and which method does the research question of your thesis imply? What options do you have? What are the relative strengths and weaknesses of the options you have?

The workshop will include:

  • an advance reading assignment;
  • plenary sessions on general methodological questions and the main options;
  • working in groups assessing and comparing the different methodological approaches that are available to you;
  • a pop-up clinic for face-to-face consultations with the instructors on drafts of the methodological sections of your theses or of your research plans; and
  • a written assignment submitted either as a self-reflective academic learning diary (3 ECTS) or a research essay intended to function as the first draft of the methodological section of your thesis (5 ECTS).

Having successfully completed the workshop, you should be able to:

  • understand the basic methodological approaches available in legal scholarship and how they apply to your own thesis project;
  • manage the complexity of legal phenomena through the systematic frameworks provided by different methodological approaches;
  • discuss and evaluate critically the political interconnections between various legal phenomena and their study; and
  • appreciate the challenges that interdisciplinarity introduces to legal scholarship.

Participation is free, but participating doctoral candidates are expected to cover their own travel and accommodation costs. Please consult your doctoral programmes and Faculties for possible subsidies.

More information (including travel and accommodation information and registration form) is now available on the event’s Moodle platform.

5 Replies to “The Doctoral Clinic (Vaasa, 8-9 April 2019)”

  1. This kind of clinic for doctoral students is very useful especially for me who writes the thesis alone.

    1. Your peers are always your best support. So please stay in touch with other doctoral candidates.

  2. Hi I am a doctoral student at the university of Melbourne and plan to attend the SLSA 2019 in Leeds. I then plan to spend a month in Finland. I wonder if I could request permission to participate in this workshop. Will it be in English?

    Kind regards

    1. I think that would be fine. Please fill in the preregistration e-form (link on page above) if you haven’t done so already. We’ll have a Moodle platform up and running soon and will notify you of that by the email you give on the e-form. PM

  3. Thank you Panu!!
    Did you mean the subscribe to our mailing list link? I can’t see any other and cannot register as a guest on Moodle.

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