Presentation

Although studies on evidentiary reasoning in law have a long and fruitful tradition in Anglo-Saxon countries, it can be said that the number and the sophistication of debates has grown exponentially since the 1960s. More recently, the same phenomenon has occurred in other latitudes, as is the case of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese-speaking countries or China.

In this time, a multidisciplinary approach to evidentiary studies has also been consolidated, ranging from procedural law, constitutional law, legal epistemology or the philosophy of law, to the theory of probabilities, the philosophy of science and the very diverse scientific and technical disciplines that are increasingly called to bring expert knowledge to the case.

Many international congresses have been convened to discuss the theoretical progress that has taken place. But there is still a need for a regular event that can be a reference for the entire international legal community interested in the subject, bringing together researchers in the field of legal evidentiary reasoning and interested lawyers, judges, prosecutors, and which may be a mandatory reference for those studying the matter.

For this reason, with the antecedent of the 1st World Congress on Evidentiary Reasoning, held in Girona in 2018, we intend to organize every three years, also in Girona, a new edition of that world congress, now under the name Michele Taruffo Girona Evidence Week.

The official languages of the event will be English and Spanish, with simultaneous translation between the two of them.

Why “Girona Evidence Week”?

Because, apart from being a world congress on evidentiary reasoning, we have designed an event that departs from the traditional scheme of such events, with activities of a very diverse nature, that go beyond the traditional presentations that are typical of a congress, and because it will take place for a whole week.

Therefore, the event is divided into two large parts.

  1. The first part includes five plenary presentations, two plenary discussion panels on central topics of evidentiary reasoning and three simultaneous short courses on various topics.
  2. The second part, on the other hand, will be characterized by a wide variety of simultaneous workshops on very different topics within our study area, which will take place the final two days of the week.

As organizers we have planned four official workshops, to which others will be added resulting from a "call for workshops". Thus, we hope to offer a very diverse programme in topics, perspectives and languages, which allows all participants to select those that are of greatest interest to them.

 

Why the “Michele Taruffo” Girona Evidence Week?

Michele Taruffo's work and character is undoubtedly one of the factors that explain the growth of interest in evidentiary reasoning in countries of Romano-Germanic tradition and, especially, in Italy and Latin America. His claim to offer a general theory of evidentiary problems, anchored in an analysis of comparative law, also allowed him to have an important presence in the Anglo-Saxon debate and more recently in China.

Taruffo was a researcher in the Chair of Legal Culture at the University of Girona until his death in December 2020. He participated in all the projects we have developed in this field since the founding of the Chair: he was, among other things, professor of the master's degree in Evidential Legal Reasoning and a member of the advisory committee of Quaestio facti, International Journal on Evidential Legal Reasoning. Furthermore, the University of Girona has been hosting the Taruffo Fund this year, which includes more than 13 thousand volumes and a small art collection. In short, the fact that today we are able to offer a Girona Evidence Week as a global meeting point could not explained without the capital influence of our greatly missed Maestro Taruffo. Therefore, we want to honour his memory and recognize the importance of his work by permanently linking his name to this series of congresses.

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