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Międzynarodowa konferencja "Evidence in Law and Ethics" – 4-5 kwietnia 2019

Międzynarodowa konferencja "Evidence in Law and Ethics" – 4-5 kwietnia 2019

Evidence in Law and Ethics' (ELE2019)

4-5 kwietnia 2019

The Institute of Philosophy, the Department of Legal Theory, the Centre for Law, Language and Philosophy, and the Interdisciplinary Centre for Ethics at the Jagiellonian University organize the workshop on “Evidence in Law and Ethics” on the 4-5th April 2019 in Kraków.

Keynote speakers:

Christian Dahlman (Lund)

Martin Smith (Edinburgh)


  • Epistemic risk and the role of non-epistemic values in ethical and legal evidential reasoning.
  • Reasonable doubt, higher-order evidence, statistical evidence, evidentiary thresholds in law and ethics.
  • Models of evidential reasoning, standards of proof, and evidence-based heuristics in law and ethics.
  • The concept of testimony in ethical vs legal contexts.
  • Epistemology of legal (esp. court) disagreement.
  • The ethics of belief of laymen, experts, lawyers and the judicial system.

Venue: Jagiellonian University, Faculty of Law and Administration

ul. Bracka 12, Kraków (Sale Reprezentacyjne)


4 IV 2019 (Thursday) – DAY ONE

9:30-10:00  – Coffee, registration

10:00 – Workshop opening


Christian Dahlman (Lund) „Naked Statistical Evidence and the Futility of Lawful Conduct”

11:10-11:30 Coffee break

11:30-13:00 – Session I

Amit Pundik (Tel Aviv) „Predictive Evidence and Unpredictable Freedom”

Maciej Dybowski, Weronika Dzięgielewska & Wojciech Rzepiński (Poznań) „Reclaiming Evidence – On Exchanging Reasons in Legal Practice”

Piotr Bystranowski, Bartosz Janik, Maciej Próchnicki (Kraków) „Certainty and punishment. An empirical study on the dimensions of evidence”

13:00-14:30 Lunch break

14:30-16:30 – Session II

Marcin Romanowicz (Warszawa) „Forensic Neuropsychology: Are We There Finally?”

Julia Wesołowska (Kraków) „The Theory of Mind of Law. The Interpretation of Scientific Evidence in the Courtroom”

Felix Bräuer & Kevin Baum (Saarlandes) „Trusting Artificial Experts”

Timothy Madigan (Rochester, NY) „W.K. Clifford and “The Ethics of Belief”: Then and Now”

5 IV 2019 (Friday) – DAY TWO

10.00-10.10 Coffee


Martin Smith (Edinburgh) „Accuracy, Proof and the Right Against Wrongful Conviction”

11:10-11:30 Coffee break

11:30-12:30 – Session III

Eva Schmidt (Zurich), Andreas Sesing (Saarland), Maximilian Köhl (Saarland) „Bare Statistical Evidence and the Legitimacy of Software-Based Judicial Decisions”

Marvin Backes (St Andrews) „There is No Epistemic Mileage in Legal Cases”

12:30 -14:00 Lunch break

14:00-15:30 – Session IV

Marcin Waligóra (Kraków) „How evidence shape research ethics. A case of pediatric oncology”

Tomasz Herok (Lancaster) „If intuitions are used as evidence in ethics, why are so many of its claims counter-intuitive? The case of ‚after-birth abortion'”.

Tomasz Żuradzki (Kraków) „Reporting Incidental Findings under Uncertainty”

15:30-16:00 Farewell


We invite you to take a look at the book of abstracts

Registration: There is NO registration for this event. The event is open to the general public. However, if you wish to attend, please send a short notice to organizers.

Organizers: Adam Dyrda ( and Tomasz Żuradzki (
Any inquiries about the workshop should be directed to both organizers with the subject line containing “Evidence in Law and Ethics”.

Sponsors: The workshop has received funding from the Ministry of Science and Higher Education in Poland – National Programme for the Development of Humanities (grant agreement N0 0068/NPRH4/H2b/83/2016) and from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 805498)​.