Collaborative Research Networks

CRN42  Law and Emotion

Organizers

Susan A. Bandes, Eve Hanan, Lynette Chua, Katarina Bogosavljevic

This CRN brings together scholars from a range of disciplines whose focus is the role of emotion in the legal system. At its core is the belief that emotion—and attitudes about emotion—pervade legal thought and legal institutions. Although the legal system traditionally regarded emotion as a hindrance to rational thought, the current consensus in psychology, neuroscience, sociology, anthropology and other fields studying decision-making is that emotion is an integral part of the reasoning process. Law and Emotion scholars are working to identify and evaluate the roles various emotions play and ought to play in the legal realm.

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