Increasing the efficacy of law
Legal research has demonstrated that strict punishment does not dissuade unlawful actions. Interventions promoting the behavioural change of inmates are more effective, but new legislation has brought harsher penalties. This is because legal systems do not recognise the central role conduct plays and have not elaborated behavioural legal theory. The EU-funded HomoJuridicus project will study how laws influence unlawfulness. It will analyse faults and prejudices that affect lawyers’ perceptions and will elaborate a behavioural jurisprudence aiming to increase the efficacy of law in improving behaviour.
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