Views on legal argumentation - an international workshop

Thursday, June 4th, 1998

Hosted by the Section Law and Informatics,
Department of Metajuridica, Faculty of Law, Universiteit Maastricht

Location: De Nieuwenhof (collegezaal), Zwingelput 4, Maastricht, The Netherlands

Site contents

- General information
- Program (preliminary)
- Abstracts (not yet available)
- Speakers and participants
(not yet available)

Supported by the Foundation
for Legal Knowledge Systems

Organized by Arno Lodder,
Bart Verheij, and Jaap Hage,
with the help of Annemie Jeukens.

Department of Metajuridica
Universiteit Maastricht
P.O. Box 616
6200 MD Maastricht

Phone: +31 43 388
Fax: +31 43 32111289
General information

Although no one denies the importance of argumentation in law, there exists no consensus on the way legal argumentation should be modeled. Over the years various theories and (logical) models on legal argumentation have been developed.

The aim of the workshop is to discuss the various ways of modeling legal argumentation. Therefore representatives of different, sometimes competing theories and models have been invited to give a presentation. Following each presentation there will be room for debate and discussion.

Topics include the difference between logic and rhetoric and between product and process models of argumentation.

Questions that could be addressed are:

- What role should rhetoric play in models of legal argumentation?
- What is the relation between the product and the process of argumentation?

The following speakers plan to give presentations:
Prof. dr. H.F.M. Crombag (The Netherlands)
Dr. T.F. Gordon (Germany)
Dr. R.P. Loui (USA)
Prof. dr. A. Peczenik (Sweden)
Prof. dr. G. Sartor (Ireland) (cancelled)

If you are interested in participating in the workshop, please send an email to Arno Lodder (

The participation fee is DFL 25,- to be paid on the day of the workshop.

The workshop is the 4th in a series of workshops on legal argument in Maastricht.

- Dialogisch redeneren in het recht (Dialogical reasoning in the law; June 27, 1994)
- Redeneren naar analogie in het recht (Reasoning by analogy in the law; August 30, 1996)
- Maastricht Argument Day - an international workshop on argument (December 4, 1996)

Bart Verheij, b.verheij at ai dot rug dot nl, May 19, 1998