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:: Calls :: The worksop Studying Evidence in the Law: Formal, Computational and Philosophical Methods will take place at the University of San Diego School of Law on Friday June 12th, 2015. The deadline for abstracts is March 25th, 2015. 


When: June 12, 2015
Where: University of San Diego School of Law, USA
This workshop is held in conjunction with 2015 ICAIL and aims to bring together an interdisciplinary group of researchers in law, artificial intelligence, philosophy and psychology to discuss whether (and if so how) formal, computational and philosophical methods can help us understand key ideas in civil and criminal procedure.
The organizers invite submissions that make progress in our understanding of the following:

1. The purpose and meaning of evidentiary standards and standards of proof, including, but not limited to, proof beyond a reasonable doubt, preponderance of the evidence, clear and convincing evidence, probable cause.

2. The role of evidentiary devices and trial practices for facilitating the legal fact-finding process, including, but not limited to, the rules of discovery, the exclusionary rules, rebuttable presumptions, the presumption of innocence, the compulsory process, cross examination.

3. The nature of reasoning in the law, including, but not limited to, evidential and causal argumentation, inference to the best
explanation, scenario construction and comparison, the role of probability.

The organizers welcome contributions that address the topics above by applying formal, computational and philosophical methods, broadly construed, to the study of the law.

Important Dates:
– Deadline for abstract submission: March 25, 2015
– Accept/reject notification: April 15, 2015
– Deadline for paper submission: May 31, 2015

– Abstracts should be at least 300 words and no more than 500 words
– Final papers should be 10-15 page long
– Abstracts and papers should be submitted in PDF format
– Authors should send abstracts and papers to marcello.dibello AT lehman.cuny.edu

Workshop organizers:
Marcello Di Bello, Lehman College – City University of New York
Bart Verheij, University of Groningen