Course no. 1: Practical Research and Legal Information Retrieval

Info about event


Thursday 17 March 2016, at 08:45 - Friday 18 March 2016, at 20:30


Department of Law, Aarhus BSS, AU, Building 1410 – room 247 – Bartholins Allé 16, 8000 Aarhus C


To provide knowledge of the criteria used when examining a PhD dissertation.

To discuss practical problems connected with legal research when designing a research work and to provide tools in this context.

To provide participants with skills to perform advanced legal information retrieval, and obtain an understanding of the interaction between paper-based and digital search.


The course will build on the participants’ specific needs, problems and reflections on their subjects. Therefore, the teaching will be organized as an interaction between presentations and discussions based on the participants’ own experiences and problems. Our aim is to exchange experience and reflection rather than one-way communication. It is therefore vital that each participant has considered the practical problems connected with his/her project.


Course responsible

Ellen Margrethe Basse Professor (ellenmb@law.au.dk)

Participants' preparation

Participants are requested to send one paper to Ellen Margrethe Basse Professor (EllenMB@law.au.dk) 29 February 2016 at the latest.

The paper shall deal with: (1) a short presentation of your research project, (2) the practical problems you have experienced in your research already and problems that you expect to experience in your continued work. The paper also has to include (3) a short presentation on which areas of information retrieval (e.g. legal sources, databases, literature, etc.) you would like the lecturers to have a focus on, and other problems and issues that your information retrieval has given or is expected to give rise to. Be concise and organized. Do not exceed three typed pages – one on each topic.

See information on relevant reading materials in the programme. A list of information on good links etc. and some material will be send to the participants one week before the course.

Please bring along your own laptop.


The course is included in the mandatory course package for PhD fellows at the Department of Law, Aarhus BSS, AU, where there is an overall credit. For other participants, the credit is 2 ECTS.


English, if there are participants who are not are familiar with Danish

Registration fee

None. All meals are included free of charge


Cita Dyveke Kristensen (cita @law.au.dk) PhD secretary, 22 February 2016 at 12.00 a.m. at the latest. Later registration is possible if the course is not full. Please contact Cita Dyveke Kristensen (cita @law.au.dk) if you need further information on that.

Number of participants

A maximum of 20 people