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The Clarendon Law Lecture Series 2017

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THE CLARENDON LAW LECTURE SERIES 2017


"COGNITION, FREEDOM, AND TRUTH IN THE LIBERAL STATE"

Professor Dan Kahan - Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law & Professor of Psychology at Yale Law School

This series of lectures will use the laws of cognition to cast a critical eye on the cognition of law. Using experimental data, statistical models, and other sources, the lectures will probe how legal decisionmakers perceive facts and law and how the public perceives what legal decisionmakers are doing. The unifying theme of the lectures will be that simply doing impartial law is insufficient to communicate the law’s impartiality to those who must obey it, and hence insufficient to deliver the assurance of neutrality on which the law’s legitimacy depends. The lecture series will propose a new science of law the aim of which is to endow law with the resources necessary to bridge this critical gap between professional and lay perspectives.


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Dan Kahan is the Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law & Professor of Psychology at Yale Law School. His primary research interests are risk perception and science communication.


Lecture 1: Laws of Cognition and the 'Neutrality Communication' Problem

Lecture 2: The 'Rules of Evidence' Impossibility Theorem

Lecture 3: Cognitive Legal Realism: The Science of Law and Professional Judgment

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