Faculty Notes

Prof. Vern Walker Serves on Organizing Committee for 3rd International Conference on Quantitative Justice and Fairness

Vern R. Walker, Professor of Law and Director of the Research Laboratory for Law, Logic and Technology

Professor Vern R. Walker was on the Organizing Committee for the Third International Conference on Quantitative Justice and Fairness, held at the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon on May 22-24, 2012.

The Quantitative Justice series of conferences aims to develop an open interdisciplinary discussion on addressing legal and ethical issues through formal and quantitative models and their computable implementations.

Quantification promotes not only comprehensibility and computer-based applications but also communication among cultures and disciplines. Its roots can be found in different cultural traditions.

In particular, this year’s conference focused on Inference and Causality, and aimed at investigating the extent to which formal and quantitative models can be brought to bear on balancing interests and values of different individuals, social groups and institutions, as well as on balancing different sources of information, in different legal, political or social contexts.