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Lawyers Seek the Help of Mathematicians

Hold Date 2019-12-11 16:45~2019-12-11 17:45

Place IMI Auditorium (W1-D-413), West Zone 1, Ito campus, Kyushu University

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Speaker Shinto TERAMOTO (Faculty of Law, Kyushu University)

The IMI Colloquium in December
Date : Wednesday, 11 December 2019
Place : IMI Auditorium (W1-D-413) (4F, West Zone 1, Kyushu University)
Speaker : Prof. Shinto TERAMOTO (Faculty of Law, Kyushu University)
Title :  
 Lawyers Seek the Help of Mathematicians
Abstract :
   Our society can be represented by a network, which is also denoted by a matrix. The role of rules, including laws and contracts, is to intervene in society by means of connecting or disconnecting specific pairs of nodes belonging to such a network. Naturally, designing rules requires help and justification by utilizing the concept of a network or matrix.

   Besides, rules often include measures to incentivize or disincentivize a party or a citizen to engage in or refrain from specific actions or behaviors. Lawyers drafting such rules often envision that non-linearly increasing or decreasing values are suitable for the purpose of such measures. However, such black-letter rules employ a stepwise change of values, and lawyers are often frustrated with the disparity between their vision and the resulting provisions, which could be mitigated with the help of mathematicians.

   Thus, we, lawyers, seek the help of mathematicians.

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