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Experimental Jurisprudence Workshop

experimental jurisprudence

Experimental jurisprudence is an emerging field that uses methods of cognitive science and other empirical techniques to clarify central concepts in jurisprudence. In October 2017, the Yale Law School held a workshop featuring talks applying this approach to a variety of legal topics including consent, causation, statutes of limitations, apology and criminal punishment.  

In June 2018, the Center for Law, Behavior, and Cognition at Rühr University Bochum (Germany) held its inaugural conference on Experimental and Naturalistic Perspectives on the Philosophy of Law. More information about the meeting is here.

Currently, a group of researchers is collaborating on a cross-cultural study swap.  The project, which is spearheaded by Ivar Hannikainen, aims to examine whether existing x-jur findings generalize across cultures, languages, and jurisdictions. More information about the study swap is here.

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Workshop at Yale Law School

Schedule of events

9:00 AM - Breakfast and welcome by Joshua Knobe

9:30 AM - Christian Mott: "Punishment Over Time"

10:30 AM - Roseanna Sommers: "Toward a Folk Theory of Consent"

11:30 Break

12:00 PM - Eddy Nahmias: "Communicative Theories of Punishment and the Impact of Apology"

1:00 Lunch

2:30 PM - Mihailis Diamantis & Yuan Yuan: "Acting Out: Environment Influences on Action Attribution"

3:30 PM - Kristen Bell: "Should I Think You're Dangerous?"

4:30 PM Break

5:00 PM - Kevin Tobia: "Are Tomatoes Fruits or Vegetables? Folk Biology and Legal Categorization"