Christian Dahlman


The Swedish Section of the International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy

Christian Dahlman

Christian Dahlman is Professor of jurisprudence at Lund University where he researches legal evidence assessment, argumentation and decision making. He received a LL.D. from the same university in 2000 after having successfully defended his dissertation Konkurrerande culpateorier [Competing Theories of Negligence] on the three definitions of ‘negligence’ in tort law, how they are applied and how conflicts between them can be resolved. He is the former President of the Swedish section of IVR.


At Lund University Dahlman heads the cross disciplinary research group Law, Evidence and Cognition (LEVIC). LEVIC is a collaboration between the Faculty of Law, the Department of Philosophy and the Department of Psychology, and the group investigates how different kinds of evidence are assessed in the courts. His latest publications include the articles “The Felony Fallacy” (Law, Probability and Risk, 2015), “Prototype Effect and the Persuasiveness of Generalizations” (Review of Philosophy and Psychology, 2015, co-authored), “Robust Trust in Expert Testimony” (Humana.Mente, 2015, co-authored), “Om oacceptabla generaliseringar i bevisvärdering” [“On Unacceptable Generalizations in Evidence Assessment”] (Tidsskrift for Rettsvitenskap, to be published in 2015) and the anthology Argument Types and Fallacies in Legal Argumentation (Springer, 2015, co-edited).




- Call for Papers to The Finnish-Swedish PhD Conference on Legal Reasoning, in Finland, December 7-8, 2018


- Conference at Stockholm University, November 13-15, 2018 (information in Swedish), in regard to the forthcoming book The Cambridge Companion to Legal Positivism


- Moa Lidén defends her PhD dissertation Confirmation Bias in Criminal Cases in Uppsala on September 28, 2018..


- Call for Papers for the 29th IVR World Congress "Dignity, Democracy, Diversity", taking place in Lucerne, Switzerland, July 2019, is now out. Deadline 31 December 2018.


- The IVR Sweden Annual Meeting 2018 is held May 14-15, 2018, in Lund. You are very welcome to attend, please register here (participants are responsible for travel and lodging). Read the programme (in Swedish).


- The 29th IVR World Congress "Dignity, Democracy, Diversity" will take place in Lucerne, Switzerland from 7-13 July 2019.


- On August 24th 2017 the conference "Evidence, Disagreement & Rights" will take place at Uppsala University. Contact and registration: Sebastian Reyes Molina.


- Sebastián Reyes Molina has been appointed treasurer in IVR Sweden.


- The XXVIII IVR World Congress will be held in Lisbon 17-21 July 2017


- The next annual conference of IVR Sweden will be held in Karlstad on 8-9 May 2017. Read the programme.


- The section in Philosophy of Law of the Philosophy Days 2017 in Uppsala is now open. Send your abstract before April 15 to present your research in August 2017. Read more on registration and abstracts.


- IVR XXVIIIth World Congress originally planned in Istanbul will not take place. See Letter by the President of International IVR.


- Special issue published on European New Legal Realism in Retfaerd Nordic Journal of Law and Justice (Vol. 39, No 4, 2016) ed. Elisabeth Eneroth


- Filosofidagarna, a major event for philosophers in Sweden, will be held in Uppsala on 25-27 August 2017. We are launching a section of Philosophy of Law! Brian Leiter will give the key-note. Call for abstracts will be online soon, you are very welcome to present your research at this event.


- Two new PhD students in Philosophy of Law are starting in 2017 at The Department of Philosophy, Uppsala University: Elena Prats and Tommaso Braida will work in the project Civis Sum.


- Two new doctoral students started working in Jurisprudence at Gothenburg University: Kristina Hultegård and David Jivegård.


- (NB cancelled, see announcement above) Next IVR World Congress is scheduled to be held in Istanbul 17-21 July 2017. IVR Sweden has issued a communication that has been sent to the International IVR.



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