Unconscious Influences on Judicial Decision-Making: The Illusion of Objectivity

20 Pages Posted: 23 Jan 2011 Last revised: 29 Oct 2012

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John F. Irwin

Nebraska Court of Appeals; Creighton University - School of Law

Daniel L. Real

Creighton University - School of Law

Date Written: October 23, 2010

Abstract

Judicial decision making is influenced by unconscious decisions and motivations - implicit biases. This paper explores how implicit bias impacts judicial decision-making, as well as considerations for minimizing negative impacts of implicit bias.

Keywords: Judicial Decision-Making, Implicit Bias

JEL Classification: K, K4

Suggested Citation

Irwin, John F. and Real, Daniel L., Unconscious Influences on Judicial Decision-Making: The Illusion of Objectivity (October 23, 2010). McGeorge Law Review, Vol. 43, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1696643

John F. Irwin (Contact Author)

Nebraska Court of Appeals

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Creighton University - School of Law ( email )

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Daniel L. Real

Creighton University - School of Law ( email )

2500 California Plaza
Omaha, NE 68178
United States

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