Conference “Judicial Reasoning: Art or Science ?”
Saturday 7 February and Sunday 8 February 2009

Australian Academy of Forensic Sciences


Opening Address - Chief Justice Robert French, High Court of Australia

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 and 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

Social context education for the judiciary - Mr George Thomson, National Judicial Institute, Canada [being transcribed]

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