I’ve just come across the site for a conference given at Berkeley early in the year: Law and the Emotions: New Directions in Scholarship and I have to say the topic was a new one for me. A couple of the papers may give you a sense of the thing:
- Cheshire Calhoun, Department of Philosophy, Colby College, “Hope Matters” [abstract] [full paper PDF]
- Owen Jones, Vanderbilt University Law School & Department of Biological Sciences, “Biology, Emotions, and Law” [abstract PDF] [precis PDF]
- Dan Kahan, Yale Law School, “Two Conceptions of Emotion in Risk Regulation” [abstract PDF] [full paper PDF]
There’s also an extensive list on the site of “papers of interest,” for those who might want to follow up the topic.