05 Apr 06 Apr
09:00 - 17:00

Conference on “Law, Science and Rationality”

Much of the law is based on the idea of legal subjects as rational and free agents. These fundamental assumptions are increasingly called into question by insights from behavioural, cognitive and neurosciences. What, if anything, do these challenges mean for law?

Theme and topics
This conference seeks to address, amongst others, the following topics:
• The (ir)relevance of free will for law
• The conceptual foundations of rationality in law
• The normative and psychological basis of legal responsibility
• Challenges of behavioural, cognitive and neurosciences for legal responsibility
• Legal and scientific perspectives on mental capacities and states (such as intention)
• Rationality in legal decision-making in the light of behavioural, cognitive and neurosciences
• Philosophy of law in the context of behavioural, cognitive and neurosciences

Please register here.

Please click here for the preliminary program.

Keynote speakers
The confirmed keynote speakers will be Maureen Sie (Tilburg University, NL) and Nicole Vincent (Macquarie University and Charles Sturt University, Australia).

Abstract submission
It is no longer possible to submit an abstract.
Speakers will be selected on the basis of academic quality, originality and topical fit with other papers. We aim to respond to all submissions before the end of February. 
•  28 February 2018: selection process completed
•  5 & 6 April 2018: conference in Maastricht (NL)

Edited Volume
We aim to publish an edited volume of high-quality papers presented after the conference. 

Registration fee regular: € 75,00 (including coffee breaks and lunch)
Registration fee student: € 40,00 (including coffee breaks and lunch)

Accommodation (recommended)
Hotels near central train station (15 minute walk through the city center):
Townhouse Hotel 
Kaboom Hotel
Hotel Beaumont
Hotels near the Faculty of Law (conference venue):
Hotel Botticelli
Hotel les Charmes
Hotel Au-Quartier

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