Evolutionary theory and behavioural biology research: implications for law

David J Herring

in Applied Evolutionary Psychology

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199586073
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731358 | DOI:
Evolutionary theory and behavioural biology research: implications for law

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This chapter describes specific examples of legal scholars applying evolutionary theory and research to particular legal and public policy issues. The chapter explains and demonstrates two primary attributes of the work in this area. First, the works reveal the deep explanatory power of evolutionary theory and research, useful for both legal scholarship and law in action. Second, these works provide for the formulation of new and interesting hypotheses that researchers can test through empirical studies in the field. In the end, this chapter demonstrates how this line of inquiry contributes to the formulation and application of law based on human behavioural research conducted in the context of an established and coherent theoretical framework.

Keywords: behavioural biology; empirical research; human behaviour; law and biology; law and society; lawmaking; legal scholarship; legislation

Chapter.  9758 words. 

Subjects: Psychology

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