Cognitive Illusions & Judicial Decision-Making

Christoph Winter, Humboldt Visiting Researcher

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 12:00pm
438 Robertson Hall
Graduate Students

LEGS, or "Law-Engaged Graduate Students," meets during the academic year to discuss a work in progress by one of our Graduate Associates. Academic papers, dissertation proposals, and dissertation chapters have been presented at these meetings, to an audience of fellow graduate students.

Christoph writes:  "I will start by introducing some of the many cognitive illusions and their psychological/behavioral economic roots. After we had so much fun discussing some of the most common biases, we will have a look at how such illusions influence judicial decision-making and potential ways to mitigate them. Although the paper (of which you will hopefully get a draft after the weekend) focuses mainly on examples concerning EU law, the examples are equally applicable to other jurisdiction as they mostly concern general legal principles such as the proportionality test and matters of causation."

Christoph Winter
Humboldt Visiting Researcher, Princeton University
Ph.D. Candidate In Law, Humboldt-University Berlin

Christoph Winter is a 3rd-year PhD student at the Faculty of Law at Humboldt-University to Berlin and currently a Visiting Researcher at the Department of Philosophy at Princeton University. He conducted his undergraduate studies in law at Humboldt-University Berlin, the University of Sydney and King’s College London. His primary interests lie in the intersections of law, morality and the behavioral sciences.