Judicial Reasoning: Art or Science Conference 2009

Date: 7 to 8-Feb-2009


Blinking on the Bench: How Judges Decide Cases 
The Hon. Andrew J. Wistrich
United States District Court
Central District of California USA

Legal Existentialism : Reasoning beyond Reason in the Law 
Professor James Raymond
President of The International Institute for Legal Writing and Reasoning 
New York USA

Judicial Reflections on the Art and Performance of Judging 
Associate Professor Greta Bird & Dr Nicole Rogers
School of Law and Justice
Southern Cross University NSW

Disparities in sentencing decisions: evidence of unconscious influences
Professor Jane Goodman-Delahunty
Australian Graduate School of Policing & School of Social Science and Liberal Studies, Charles Sturt University; &
Professor Siegfried L. Sporer, University of Giessen, Germany

Judicial Decision-Making and Neurobiology 
Dr Hayley Bennett
Prince of Wales Medical Research Institute, NSW; &
Professor Tony Broe
Prince of Wales Medical Research Institute, NSW

Prejudice, the Judicial Virus
Justice John Dowsett
Federal Court of Australia

A Judge’s Perspective on Using Sentencing Databases 
Justice Brian Preston
Chief Judge
Land and Environment Court NSW

An Explicit Representation of Judicial Reasoning 
Mr Andrew Stranieri,
Centre for Informatics and Applied Optimisation
University of Ballarat VIC

Judicial Reasoning and the Acquisition of Concepts 
Dr Anthony Connolly 
ANU College of Law, Australian National University 

Judicial Reasoning and the ‘Just World Delusion’ 
Dr Julia Davis
Associate Professor in Law
University of South Australia

Reasoning By Analogy In the Law 
Professor John Farrar
Bond University QLD 

Scientific Evidence, A Need for Caution in Decision Making 
Mr Jonathan Beach QC
Victorian Bar 

Values and Assumptions in Judicial Decisions 
The Hon. Richard Chisholm,
Formerly a Judge of the Family Court of Australia
Visiting Fellow at ANU College of Law