21 May Seminar: Law and Intention, Joensuu


A one-day seminar entitled "Law and Intention" will be held on 21 May 2014, in Joensuu, at the University of Eastern Finland (UEF, Law School). The key speaker will be Professor Matti Ilmari Niemi (Lappeenranta University of Technology). The seminar is open.

The purpose of the seminar is to explore the role of the concept of intentionality in different legal disciplines. The topic is important because the classical (Aristotelian) notion of intentionality has suffered many setbacks within law: 1) the rise of strict liability (in torts), 2) the progress of the objective interpretation (in contracts), 3) the success of the objective reading of mens rea (in crime), 4) the decline of the notion of a legislator's intent (in legal interpretation). Should we rid ourselves of the whole concept of intention in law? Or does it still have a valuable function to perform?

Time: Wednesday 21 May, 2014 at 10.00–17.00

Place: UEF, Joensuu campus, Aurora Building, Room AU206, address: Yliopistokatu 2

Organiser: UEF Law School


The programme:


   10.00-10.20. Prof. Seppo Sajama: Introduction with historical sketch

   10.20-11.20. Prof. Matti Ilmari Niemi: Negligence and the extension of contractual liabilities (keynote)

Coffee break

   11.40-12.20. Prof. Katja Lindroos: Passivity as intent in intellectual property infringement (IP law)

   12.20-13.00. Prof. Seppo Sajama: The myth of a common intention (contract law)

Lunch break


14.00-14.40. Dr. Maija Aalto-Heinilä: Interpreting statutes: textualism vs. intentionalism (legal interpretation)

14.40-15.20. Prof. Anssi Keinänen: Limitations of rational law drafting process. Why does the practice not meet the ideal? (empirical-legal studies)

Short break

15.30-16.10. Dr. Dawid Bunikowski: The responsibility of professionals, and cognitive enhancement (administrative law)

16.10-16.50. Mr. Niko Soininen: Systemic intent of water law (water law)

16.50-17.00. Concluding remarks

19.00. Official dinner


Each presentation is 20 minutes long and then follows 20 minutes discussion, except Matti Niemi's 60 minute plenary and Seppo Sajama's 20 minute opening with historical sketch. The participants are requested to use real legal cases to illustrate their ideas. The language of the papers, materials, and discussions is English.

Contact: Seppo Sajama, seppo.sajama(at)uef.fi; Maija Aalto-Heinilä, maija.aalto(at)uef.fi; Dawid Bunikowski, dawid.bunikowski(at)uef.fi


Publishing year: 2014

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