Law and Emotions. Empathy, Compassion, Care and Law

Why are emotions regarded as inherently negative within and by law?

A collage of the photos taken throughout the events. Foto: ECOCARE

Can the “affective turn” in social sciences and humanities, and specifically in political and moral philosophy, also inspire legal sciences and law? What could be the expected impact of such a turn in decision-making, legal principles definition, institutional design, legal responsibility and justice in broad terms?

Prof. Rodrigo de Souza Tavares, team member of the project ECOCARE from the Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, answered to these and many related questions in a cycle of lectures for the PhD Programme “Law, the Individual and the Market”, Department of Law-Department of Excellence, University of Turin, Italy.

  • March 10, 2022: Law and Emotions. Introduction to the field
  • March 15, 2022: Fear, Disgust and Law
  • March 17, 2022: Empathy, Compassion and Law

The conversation among ECOCARE team leaders, PhD students from the host institution and other scholars from cooperating partners was enriching and stimulating. It opened avenues for brainstorming and ideas on how to develop a new consciousness of environmental law and water governance through the common thread of emotions, in the coming decade.

The closing event on March 25, 2022, offered the occasion to explore future connections between the host institution and the ECOCARE project partners.