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Fall 2008 Symposium Agenda

Emerging Paradigms of Rationality:
Theory and Applications

Friday, October 31 & Saturday, November 1
University of Minnesota Law School
Courtroom 170

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Organizers: Prof. Claire Hill, University of Minnesota Law School; and Prof. Tom Ulen, University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign-Urbana.


Friday October 31, 2008

9:15-9:30 a.m.Opening Remarks: Professor Claire Hill, Director of the Institute for Law & Rationality
9:30-10:50 a.m.Panel I

Professor Paul Slovic, Professor of Psychology and Decision Research
University of Oregon
Title: The Rationality and Irrationality of Feelings about Risk


Dean David Dana, Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs: Faculty and Research
Northwestern University School of Law
Title: The Deep Rationality of the Precautionary Principle

11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.Panel II

Lt. Col. William Casebeer, PhD, (USAF), SHAPE US Survey
(NATO Military Headquarters)
Title: Janus-Faced Rationality: How Norms For Reason Flow From Facts About Our Social Evolutionary History


Professor Barbara Anne Spellman, Professor of Psychology and Law
University of Virginia and University of Virginia Law School
Title: Embodied Rationality

12:30-1:30 p.m.Lunch
1:30-3:30 p.m. Panel III

Professor June Carbone, Edward A. Smith/Missouri Chair of Law Professor
University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Law
Title: The Irrationality of Adolescence: What the Adults are Fighting Over and the Implications for the Legal Profession


Professor Susanna Blumenthal, Associate Professor
University of Minnesota Law School and History Department
Title: The Presumption of Sanity [Abstract pending]


Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, Dorsey & Whitney Chair in Law
University of Minnesota Law School, and Professor of Law and Director Transitional Justice Institute, University of Ulster
Title: A Feminist Theory of Harm

3:45-5:05 p.m.Panel IV

Professor David McGowan, Professor of Law
University of San Diego School of Law
Title: The Role of Self-Referential Thinking in Legal Ethics


Professor Frederick Schauer, David and Mary Harrison Distinguished Professor of Law
University of Virginia Law School
Title: Is it Rational to be (Knowingly) Wrong?

Saturday November 1, 2008

9:45-11:05 a.m.Panel V

Professor John Darley, Warren Professor of Psychology
Department of Psychology, Princeton University
Title: The Second Order Rationality of Retribution


Professor Claire Hill, Professor of Law and Vance K. Opperman Research Scholar, Director for the Institute for Law & Rationality, and Associate Director of the Institute for Law & Economics, University of Minnesota Law School
Title: Rationality in an Unjust World

11:15 a.m.-12:35 p.mPanel VI

Professor Bruce Chapman, Professor of Law
University of Toronto Faculty of Law
Title: Leading You Down the Choice Path: Persuasion as Collective Rationality


Dean Amir Licht, Dean and Professor of Law, Radzyner School of Law
Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya, Israel
Title: Expanded Rationality: From the Preferred to the Desirable, with Some Implications for Law

12:35-2:00 p.m.Lunch
2:00-3:20 p.m.Panel VII

Professor Francesco Parisi, The Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly Professor of Law and Co-director of the Institute for Law & Economics, University of Minnesota School of Law, and Professor of Economics, University of Bologna
Professor Barbara Luppi, Assistant Professor of Political Economics
Dipartimento di Economia Politica, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia
Title: Beyond Debiasing: Overconfidence in Tort Law

Professor Anna Gelpern, Associate Professor of Law
Rutgers School of Law–Newark
Title: Innovation after the Revolution: Foreign Sovereign Bond Contracts since 2003