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Scientific Conduct for PhDs (Law)

A number of cases of scientific fraud and misconduct were bad publicity for the scientific world. Are these cases signs of a system in crisis or just some anomalies in an otherwise good scientific framework? This course will give attention to the grey area and your role as an individual scientist to prevent misconduct.

Target group
Postdoctoral researcher
PhD candidate
Katrien Klep  (Assistant Professor)
The workload for this course amounts to 15 hours including attendance and preparation.
Start date 2024
7 November 2024
11.15-13.00 hrs.

This workshop on scientific integrity will give you the opportunity to discuss scientific fraud and misconduct with PhD (external and internal) candidates and with postdocs at Leiden Law School. The aim of this workshop is mainly to raise awareness, awareness about your own responsibility and what you could do yourself in order to promote the quality and reliability of academic research – your own research and that of others. 

For whom

Law PhD (external and internal) candidates and postdocs from Leiden Law School.


  • Please prepare yourself in advance with our online module Scientific Conduct.
  • What is scientific misconduct?
  • How should you handle a conflict of interest?
  • Does your supervisor ask you to bend the rules in name of science?
  • To what extent can money corrupt scientists? 
  • What are the 'grey areas'? Discussion of cases that are not so obvious.

What you'll learn

You will learn to what extent science already has - or perhaps needs to develop - a system to prevent scientific misconduct and what role you can play as an individual scientist.


The hybrid workshop takes 2 hours. After the meeting you will receive reading material to use for discussions in your research group, department or faculty. The results of the discussion can be used by all participants under the Chatham House Rule.  Together with future meetings, they will be the basis for a body of knowledge and suggestions to help you and your colleagues strengthen your ideas on this topic. The goal is to improve scientific integrity, within and outside our university. 


For this workshop, a written assignment (i.e. paper) will need to be submitted by the participant one week before the course is taking place. The written assignment will need to be send to promovendidecaan@law.leidenuniv.nl

The Dilemma Game

Choose 3 dilemmas from the Dilemma Game and write a paper providing for each dilemma your proposed approach (solution) to the dilemma based on the options given in the document. Your paper should not be more than 2 A4 pages.  

Your paper will be discussed in groups of 2-3 people during the workshop.

Practical information

  • You can register for this course here
  • The course is free of charge for Law PhD candidates and postdocs from Leiden University.
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