|On 14-16 May 2014, UCSIA organized the academic workshop "How Objective Can Judges Be: Legal Rule, Evidence, Narratives, Society".
This workshop investigated how sound, objective and ethically informed judgments can be reached in the courtroom, balancing the influence of the judge (the working of the legal profession, the role of rhetoric and language, etc.), with the input of new scientific methods, the influence of other actors (the attitude of the parties, their lawyers, experts and their aura of irrefutability, …) and the socio-political context (political responsibility, social pressure, media influence, …).
The workshop consisted of a public opening lecture and a two-day international meeting with specialized lectures and presentations and debates by invited senior and junior scholars.
Keynote lectures by Lawrence B. Solum, (Georgetown Law, USA) , Peter van Koppen (VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands), Mandeep K. Dhami (Middlesex University, UK) and Antoine Garapon (IHEJ, France)
Organizing committee: Sara Mels & Jacques Haers (UCSIA), René Foqué (KU Leuven / Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam), Willem Lemmens (University of Antwerp), Stefan Rutten (University of Antwerp), Miet Vanderhallen (University of Antwerp), Dirk Vanheule (University of Antwerp)