Bridging Legal and Empirical Research Methods in Migration Research. What are the Challenges?

November 17, 2020

On Thursday, December 10 at 15:00 - 16:00 (CET), we organize our second webinar on "Bridging Legal and Empirical Research Methods in Migration Research. What are the Challenges?".

Interdisciplinary research - combining law and empirical work - is becoming more and more common in the field of migration.
Through approaching research questions from multiple perspectives, academics, governments and civil society organisations can deepen their knowledge on legal frameworks, and at the same time explore underlying power dynamics and the concrete effects of law on the ground.

In this webinar, Anuscheh Farahat and Marie-Claire Foblets will discuss how legal and empirical research methods can be mobilized in efficient and convincing ways that ultimately support the development of evidence-informed migration policies. Sharing their past experiences, Farahat and Foblets will discuss concrete research tools and designs that you can use to bridge legal and empirical research methods; produce high-quality research results blending legal reasoning with on-the-ground realities; and translate results into a language accessible to wider audiences.


Anuscheh Farahat is a Professor of Public Law, Migration Law and Human Rights Law at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg. Since 2017 she  leads an Emmy-Noether research group on the role of constitutional courts in transnational solidarity conflicts in Europe. Since 2017 Farahat is also a Senior Research Affiliate at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg. She publishes widely on issues of European and German constitutional law, German and international migration and citizenship law, international Human Rights Law and comparative constitutionalism.

Marie-Claire Foblets is the Director of the Department of Law and Anthropology of the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, and a Professor at the Law Faculty of the Catholic University of Leuven (KUL). For more than twenty years Prof. Foblets taught law as well as social and cultural anthropology in the universities of Antwerp and Brussels. Before becoming a member of the Max Planck Society in March 2012, she was a Full Professor at the Catholic University of Leuven, where she headed the Institute for Migration Law and Legal Anthropology. She has also been a member of various networks of researchers focusing either on the study of the application of Islamic law in Europe or on law and migration in Europe, including the Association Française d’Anthropologie du Droit (AFAD), of which she served as Co-President for several years. In 2001, she was elected to the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts (KVAB). In 2004, she received the Francqui Prize, the most distinguished scientific award in the humanities in Belgium.

Following the short presentations, the speakers will take your questions.

Please register under https://bit.ly/3kHTWJH.

The event is hosted via Zoom. Please be aware, that the event is being recorded.

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