Training Curriculum

The Recognise Team has developed a Training Curriculum on Legal Reasoning and Cognitive Science in three formats (LLM teaching course; ISP; E-learning course). All relevant information and tools are collected in a manual. It includes various teaching materials (syllabus, preliminary questionnaire, multiple-answer tests), a report of our experience, and suggestions and guidelines for those who want to engage in similar activities. All materials are freely accessible and usable under an open license CC BY-NC.


One of the outputs of Recognise is an on-line Gold Open Access book. The book, titled Legal Reasoning and Cognitive Science: Topics and Perspectives, is published in collaboration with the internationally renown Scopus-indexed journal of legal theory Diritto & questioni pubbliche. The book includes contributions by leading scholars both in legal philosophy and in cognitive science, dealing with topics such as: the naturalization of law and legal theory; cognitive-oriented perspectives on law and legal reasoning; the nature of law and normative phenomena; legal reasoning and cognitive biases; law and emotions; defeasibility and legal cognition; legal evidence; law, legal reasoning and Artificial Intelligence. Chapters are original research papers, but they are also written in a clear and reader-friendly style, and are suitable for use as reading materials in higher education (LLM, PhD programmes, etc.).

Online lectures

The Recognise Team has developed an E-learning Course in Legal Reasoning and Cognitive Science. The course consists of 14 online lectures, of approximately 40 minutes each, on the topics of the project. The lectures cover the following topics: cognitive biases and adjudication; emotions and adjudication; legal concepts; defeasible reasoning; responsibility and AI; intellectual property law and cognitive science; the architecture of the legal mind. Each lecture is a stand-alone product that can be independently used as teaching material under an open license CC BY-NC-ND. Each lecture is accompanied by quiz questions to allow for self-testing of understanding.


The six bibliographies on this page are meant to list basic, introductory readings to each one of the six topics addressed. They lay, of course, no claim to being exhaustive.

Presentation Slides

You can download the slides to presentations used in the project.