Summer School on Law and Logic

We are pleased to announce the Summer School on Law and Logic, to be held at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, from 16-20 July 2012.  The Summer School is jointly hosted by the European University Institute (Florence, Italy) and the Harvard Law School (Cambridge, Mass., U.S.A.). It is also sponsored by the Cardozo Law School (New York, N.Y., U.S.A.), Cirsfid-University of Bologna (Italy), the University of Groningen (the Netherlands) and the European Academy of Legal Theory.

The Summer School on Law and Logic is the first course ever to provide a comprehensive introduction to the wide variety of uses of logic in the law. Our aim at this Summer School is to provide law students, graduate law students, and legal professionals with a knowledge of the methods of formal logic and the ability to apply those methods to the analysis and critical evaluation of legal arguments and sources of law (including statutes, cases, regulations, constitutional provisions).  It includes the basics of propositional and predicate deductive logic, as well as the use of logic for capturing representing deontic and Hohfeldian modalities, analogical reasoning and inference to the best explanation. It also addresses presents some aspects of non-deductive reasoning in law, such as defeasible reasoning, including argumentation schemes and inductive reasoning. We believe that the kind of background in formal logic we offer in this course can be a very powerful tool for use in

legal theory, for developing doctrinal legal research, for working in legal informatics (the application of computer programs to the analysis of law), and, more generally, for the practice of law.

As of Wednesday, April 4, 2012, any interested law student, graduate law student, or legal professional can apply to the 2012 workshop at the following link:

Places are limited — registration will be closed when places have been filled.

Professors: Scott Brewer, Henry Prakken, Nino Rotolo, Giovanni Sartor, Peter Tillers  For further information on the Summer School on Law and Logic, please visit:, or contact Professor Scott Brewer.

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