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Malecka, Magdalena

Assistant Professor

Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies (Aarhus University), Denmark


Max Weber alumnus

Department of Law

Cohort(s): 2013/2014, 2014/2015

Ph.D. Institution

Polish Academy of Science, Poland


I defended my PhD thesis in December 2013 at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology at the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw. I hold an MA in Law (Poznan University), an MA in Philosophy (Poznan University), and an LLM degree (European MA in Law and Economics, Rotterdam, Ghent). In spring 2010. I was a visiting researcher at the University of California in Berkeley. For the last two years I thaught decision making and public policy at Collegium Civitas (Warsaw).
My dissertation, ‘Taking law and economics seriously. A philosophical critique of economic analysis of law', is a critical examination of law and economics, treated as a theoretical proposal of explaining and predicting how law influences behaviour. I argue that attempts of law and economics to explain and predict decisions taken in legal settings, lead to paradoxical consequences, and have serious methodological and philosophical pitfalls.
I will use the Max Weber Fellowship to further investigate the philosophical and methodological implications of the application of behavioural sciences to law. The aim of my research is to analyse whether current findings in the behavioural sciences allow for formulating far-reaching conclusions concerning the behavioural impact of legal norms. In that context, I will also perform philosophical analyses concerning the normativity of law and the normativity of rationality.
My research interests lie in legal theory, methodology of legal sciences, general methodology, philosophy of law, theories of decision making and classical philosophy.
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