One of the Intellectual Ouputs of Recognise will be an on-line Handbook on Legal Reasoning and Cognitive Science, freely accessible on this webpage. The handbook aims at becoming a reference text for students and scholars approaching the field. So far, we have gathered 47 contributors, including leading scholars both in legal theory and in cognitive science, that will provide 35 chapters on different topics – human (and in particular legal) reasoning as a subject matter of empirical inquiry; studies on biases and cognitive distortions in adjudication; the role of emotions, intuitions, and imagination in legal reasoning; the cognitive structure of legal concepts, and other problems concerning the representation of knowledge in legal reasoning; AI and legal reasoning.

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Lecture Videos

The Recognise Team will develop an E-learning Course in Legal Reasoning and Cognitive Science. The course will consist of 15-18 online lectures, of approximately 40 minutes each, on the topics of the project.


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.

To view the list of unit bibliographies click here