Wednesday, September 29, 2010

EUI-Florence Conference on Proportionality and Justice

Put the following event on your calendar for 25-26 February 2011:

International Conference on Quantitative Aspects of Justice and Fairness -- with emphasis on Proportionality and Justice

Venue:European University Institute, Badia Fiesolana Via Dei Roccettini 9, Florence, Italy


QAJF conference aims to develop an open interdisciplinary discussion on addressing legal and ethical issues through formal and quantitative models. Quantification promotes not only comprehensibility, but also communication between cultures, and disciplines. Its roots can be found in different cultural traditions.
In particular, the present edition will focus on Proportionality and Justice, and aims at investigating the extent to which formal and quantitative models can be brought to bear on issues pertaining to balancing interests and values of different individuals, social groups and institutions, in different legal, political or social contexts.

General themes
The QUAJUF conference addresses the use of formal\quantitive methods in connection with any of the the following topics:

Ethics, moral theories and theories of human rights (e.g., assessment as of harms & benefits to other persons; quantitative models of justice and fairness)
Legal theory (balancing rights and duties; formal and quantitative models of legal argumentation/justification)
Law (quantification and the application of the law, e.g., compensation for economic harm, for pain & suffering; criminal punishment and deterrence)
Analytical philosophy (ontology and metaphysics of quantification)
Science, technology and legal responsibilities (neurosciences and the measurement of mind, assessing environmental and human impacts of dangerous technologies, responsibilities of scientists)
Mathematics & Computer science (mathematical and computational approaches to model justice and fairness, e.g., game theory, geometry, fractals, etc)
Evidence (mathematical & statistical analysis of factual inferences in trials; burdens of persuasion and proof)
Economics (economical and decision-theoretic models of justice and fairness)
Medicine & Health care (e.g., measuring the quality of medical care; allocating medical resources, etc)
Theology (e.g., views in Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, etc., of quantitative aspects of justice and fairness )
Didactics (e.g., effective teaching of concepts or problems of justice having quantitative or numerical aspects)

Specific themes
In particular, this edition of the conference, focuses on aspects of proportionality and justice, such as the following:

The emergence of the ideal of proportionality in different philosophical, religious and legal traditions
Telelological arguments, goals, values and deontology in legal and moral thinking
Multicriteria decision-making and social choice
Quantitative and non-quantitative model of proportionality
Proportionality in distributive and corrective justice
Balancing rights and values in moral and legal reasoning
Proportionality and judicial review
Proportionality and the assessment of evidence
Proportionality and justice in tort and criminal law.

Submission Details

The conference will include invited contributions addressing the different aspect of proportionality and justice from different perspectives. The program committee invites further contributions from the participants to the conference, consisting in original, previously unpublished, research papers pertaining to any of these topics.

The paper should be in English, and should be no longer than 15 pages when formatted according the LNCS specifications ( The first page should contain the full name and contact information for at least one of the authors, and it should contain an abstract of no more than ten lines. Authors should submit their papers electronically using the submission system at

http://ww [forthcoming].

Each submitted paper will be carefully peer-reviewed by a panel of PC member based on originality, significance, technical soundness, and clarity of exposition and relevance for the conference.

For each accepted paper, at least one author is required to register for the conference and should plan to present the paper.

The selected papers will be published in book form in the …….. series (approval pending). Copies of the conference proceedings, will be provided to all participants.

Important dates:

Paper submission: 15 December 2010
Paper reviews: 15 January 2011
Conference: 25-26 February 2011