Thursday, March 29, 2012

European University Institute-Harvard Law School Summer School on Law and Logic

There will be a summer school in Florence this summer on law and logic. The summer school is sponsored by Harvard Law School and the European University Institute and is meant for law students from the United States, Europe, and other parts of the world. Cardozo School of Law (Yeshiva University) is also supporting this summer school.

No prior expertise in or formal study of logic is assumed or required. You must only have a seriously interest in the topic. The summer school is designed to introduce you to pertinent strands of logic.

Place: Florence

Dates: July 16-20, 2012

Cost: The registration fee for the summer school will probably be approximately 200 Euros.

Accommodations: EUI itself does not provide housing. However, EUI has arrangements with hotels for reduced-cost accommodations in Florence. See http://lawandlogic2012.

The official description of the summer school is as follows:

"The Workshop on Law and Logic will be held in Florence, Italy, at the European University Institute on 16-20 July 2012.

"This summer school is jointly hosted by the European University Institute, and the Harvard Law School (Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) It is also supported by the Cardozo Law School (New York, N.Y., U.S.A.), Cirsfid-University (Bologna, Italy), and the University of Groningen (the Netherlands).

"The summer school is the first course ever to provide a comprehensive introduction to the uses of logic in the law. It combines an introduction to the basic methods of formal logic, a discussion of their application to the law, and an in-depth analysis of the logical structures of legal knowledge and legal reasoning.

"It aims at providing postgraduate law students and legal professionals with knowledge of the methods of formal logic, and the ability to apply those methods to the analysis and critical evaluation of legal sources and legal arguments. We think that a background in formal logic is today an essential prerequisite for engaging in legal theory, and can be very useful also for developing doctrinal legal research, working in legal informatics, and, more generally, in the practice of law.

"The program is held annually, during the summer, for a week or more, starting in the Summer of 2012."


The workshop has a web site. At the time of this post, not all parts of the web site are operational. The web site will be fully operational within ca. five days. But even as it stands now, the web site provides useful information about the workshop. The link for registration will be activated in a few days. Exact descriptions of the workshop sessions will also be available in a few days.


Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Premature Judgment; Popular (Mob?) Justice

1. Wouldn't it be advisable to wait until all the evidence comes in before we reach firm conclusions about what happened between Trayvon Martin and Zimmerman? It's hard enough for anyone to make reasoned and supportable inferences from a given body of evidence. It's all the harder for the people passing judgment on the event to do so if they and we know that they have only a portion of the available evidence.
2. I guess we should glad that American no longer has trial travesties and mob justice of the sort Hollywood so ably chronicled as happening in the South in the 1920s and 1930s. Today I'm sure we wouldn't tolerate attempts to influence the course of criminal justice by mass parades and pronouncements by prominent citizens expressing their firm belief in the criminal guilt of the projected defendant. We wouldn't approve of such things today, would we?


The dynamic evidence page
Evidence marshaling software MarshalPlan
It's here: the law of evidence on Spindle Law.

See also this post and this post.