Amsterdam Center for International Law

Framing Proportionality: Rationality and Cognitive Biases (ACIL Lecture)

15Dec2016 16:00 - 17:30

Lecture

Prof. van Aaken will present a paper that addresses certain features of proportionality analysis which may influence the outcome of the decision due to biases and heuristics of the relevant decision-makers.

Abstract

Proportionality analysis (PA) is ever more widely used by national and international courts to balance public goals and private rights or rights against rights. Proportionality itself is a frame within which we often think as lawyers. Hitherto, it mostly seen as a rational process of decision-making. But is it? How far does the frame of the PA itself frame the decision-making of (judicial) actors? Do biases and heuristics influence the decision qua the way PA is set up? The paper aims to shed light on certain features of PA which might, depending how the analysis is conducted, influence the outcome of the decision due to biases and heuristics of the relevant decision-makers.

About the speaker

Prof. Anne van Aaken is Professor for Law and Economics, Legal Theory, Public International Law and European Law at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.

Location

Faculty of Law, University of Amsterdam

Oudemanhuispoort 4-6, Room A101

    

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