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Dennis Patterson

Professor of Legal Theory and Legal Philosophy

Dennis Patterson

Appointed in September 2009, contract renewed in September 2014 

European University Institute
Law Department
Via Boccaccio 121
50133 Firenze - Italy


Tel. [+39] 055 4685 245 / 306
Fax [+39] 055 4685 200

Email Dennis.Patterson@eui.eu

Administrative Assistant Francesca Duca

Working Languages: English, German, Italian, French (reading), Spanish (reading).

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Biographical Profile

Dennis Patterson took a PhD in philosophy and a J.D. In law from the University of Buffalo. He has published many books and articles in jurisprudence, philosophy, trade law as well as law and neuroscience.  On leave from Rutgers University in New Jersey, USA, he supervises PhD theses in legal philosophy, EU law, sovereign debt and transnational legal theory.  His most-recent book, Minds, Brains and Law (OUP, 2013) (with Michael Pardo) is the first full-length treatment of the philosophical issues in law and neuroscience.

Fields of Research

  • General jurisprudence
  • Wittgenstein
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Transnational Legal Theory
  • Law and Neuroscience

Research and Supervision

  • Legal Philosophy (including general jurisprudence, social and political philosophy)
  • International Trade Law
  • American Contract and Commercial Law
  • Theory of International Law
  • International Economic Law (Global Equality and Justice)

Current Research Projects

  • The Guilty Mind: A Study of the Role of Neuroscience in the Defence of Insanity
  • Transnational Law: A monograph on the normative dimensions of transnational law


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