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Dennis Patterson

Professor of Legal Theory and Legal Philosophy

DMPfoto-Cropped-175x185Appointed in September 2009, contract renewed until August 2017. 

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.

Contact Details

Tel. [+39] 055 4686 275

Email: Dennis.Patterson@eui.eu

Administrative Assistant: Agnieszka Lempart

Postal address: Law Department | Via Bolognese 156 | 50139 Florence - Italy (Villa Salviati, Manica - Office SAMN  241)

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

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Research Interests

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

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

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)

Selected Publications

Legal insanity and the brain: science, law and European Courts
Philosophical foundations of law and neuroscience
The New Global Trading Order. The Evolving State and the Future of Trade
Diritto e verità
Minds, brains, and law: the conceptual foundations of law and neuroscience
A Companion to Philosophy of Law and Legal Theory, 2nd ed.
A companion to European Union law and international law


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