On 16 and 17 June, the Institute of Criminology and the Faculty of Law at the University of Ljubljana are organising an international conference titled “Psychological mechanisms in criminal justice: deconstructing objectivity”.

Objectivity is one of the fundamental requirements of modern legal systems, and this is all the more true when it comes to the concretization of law at the level of judicial decision-making. Criminal law decision-making has thus traditionally been cloaked in a veil of neutrality and objectivity, which serve to protect a number of fundamental constitutional principles and, at the same time, to legitimise the law as a whole.

However, we have long known that human decision-making is subject to a number of mechanisms that undermine its objectivity, and this is also true of professional legal decision-making.

The core of the research project and the final conference lies precisely in the consideration of the various psychological mechanisms that influence judicial and legal decision-making in criminal law.

The conference brings together outstanding international researchers and the presentation of the results of empirical research carried out by national authors over the last three years within the framework of the ARRS-funded project Psychological Mechanisms in Criminal Justice.

Interested parties are invited to register at the following link:


Psychological mechanisms – Conference programme