Working Group on Civil Justice and Dispute Resolution

Tuesday, 12 July 2016: 09:00-10:30
Location: Hörsaal 24 (Main Building)
RC12 Sociology of Law (host committee)

Language: English

The session on civil justice and dispute resolution welcomes papers on any field connected to its broader subject, including but not limited to family law, criminal law, litigation, arbitration, mediation negotiation and and procedures in general. In recent years, there have been increasing interests in quantitative survey research on experiences of legal problems and access to justice in an unprecedented number of countries.
Drawing upon socio-legal research, we will discuss how experiences of legal problems and occurrences of disputes differ among countries, how legal machineries are used or not used to resolve disputes, how levels of satisfaction with outcomes differ, and research designs and quantitative analytical methods for future surveys. We will further explore socio-legal factors which effectively predict the use of lawyers and that of a court procedure.
Not only empirical papers based on surveys, field work or in-depth interviews but also theoretical papers are welcomed, provided that they are empirically based and oriented, even if they do not present original data, either quantitative or qualitative.
Session Organizer:
Luigi COMINELLI, The University of Milan, Italy
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