Lecture Logocratic Method and the Logics of Civil Law and Common Law

communal lecture by Prof. Dr. Scott Brewer (Harvard) and Prof. Dr. Matthias Armgardt

This lecture compares the legal methods of Anglo-American common law with those of continental European civil law. It focuses on the logical analysis of legal argumentation in common law and civil law. With the help of logical analysis, justifications for important US-American court decisions will be reconstructed and examined for their strength and coherence. In the course of this, the different modes of justification in common law (deductive, inductive, analogous and abductive argumentation) will be introduced via examples. Finally, a comparison of case-based argumentation in common law reasoning with norm-based argumentation in civil law reasoning will take place. 
This lecture will be tought in English.

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