Behavioral Analysis Symposium

Spring 2004 Symposium

March 26-27, 2004

Florida State University College of Law

Program Overview

Legal scholars increasingly analyze legal phenomena from a behavioral perspective, relying on findings from psychology, behavioral economics, and political science to predict how the law will affect behavior and how legal actors will make judgments and decisions. Much of the first wave of law and behavioral science scholarship focused on individual behavior without taking into account the larger institutional setting in which the behavior occurs, while other early scholarship within this field exalted the decision-making competence of one legal institution over another without engaging in a comparative analysis of the respective institutions. This symposium will examine the unique influences of different legal institutions on behavior and address methodological limitations and political pressures that complicate the behavioral analysis of legal institutions.

Leading scholars in the fields of law and the behavioral sciences will participate in discussions organized around the judgments and decisions that take place within particular institutional settings of legal importance. Planned papers include presentations of original empirical research that extends our understanding of how legal institutions affect behavior and critical analyses of existing empirical research on the behavior of legal institutions.

The conference will provide an opportunity to take stock of where the behavioral study of legal institutions stands, to discuss why the legal system should pay greater, or perhaps less, attention to this research, and to consider future directions for this field of study. Papers and comments will be published in Volume 32 of the Florida State University Law Review.

Keynote Speaker, Philip E. Tetlock
Lorraine Tyson Mitchell Chair II in Leadership and Communications; Professor of Organizational Behavior; Chair of the Organizational Behavior and Industrial Relations Group, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. Tetlock is a leading behavioral decision theorist whose studies on judgment and decision-making behavior within organizations include seminal research on accountability systems and the rationality of judgment and choice.

This symposium has been approved for continuing legal education credit by The Florida Bar.

To find a printable registration form, go to Symposium Registration.

For more complete information about the symposium, including a listing of the twenty-two panelists who are participating, go to Symposium Brochure.

To see a listing of lodging accommodations in Tallahassee, click Lodging, where you will also find a campus map and other information related to the Tallahassee community.

Accommodations: We have reserved a block of rooms at the Doubletree Hotel, which is located just a short walk from the College of Law. In order to make reservations within this block, please ask for the "Behavioral Analysis Symposium" group rate. Reservations must be made by March 4, 2004, in order to obtain the group rate.