Chris Reinders Folmer is assistant professor at the Department of Jurisprudence at Amsterdam Law School, University of Amsterdam. His background is in social and economic psychology (PhD 2008, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam). His research integrates psychological, legal and economic perspectives to empirically test the assumptions that underlie legal practice and policy making, identify possible discrepancies, and develop alternatives informed by these perspectives. Key research topics include 1) the remedial effectiveness of reparations in private law, focusing particularly on the value of apology; 2) misperceptions between legal actors of each other’s litigation goals; and 3) discrepancies between law and people’s fairness perceptions.
At the Paul Scholten Center, Chris will contribute to the ERC project Homo Juridicus, led by professor Benjamin van Rooij. The project team will map lawyers’ intuitions about the processes that drive misbehavior, and their discrepancy from causal evidence from the social sciences.