Keynote speakers

Keynote speakers

Jeffrey J. Rachlinski

Cornell Law School

Jeffrey Rachlinski is an innovator in both administrative law, and in social psychology and the law. Since joining the Cornell Law School faculty in 1994, less than a year after receiving a Ph.D. in Psychology and a J.D. from Stanford University, Professor Rachlinski has offered new perspectives on the influence of human psychology on decision-making by courts, administrative agencies, and regulated communities. Professor Rachlinski’s unique analytical viewpoint has led him to explore varied topics in legal practice, such as litigation strategies, punitive damages, administrative law, environmental law, and products liability.

One of the most versatile scholars at Cornell Law School, Professor Rachlinski has taught social and cognitive psychology for lawyers, administrative law, environmental law, civil procedure and torts.


B.A., M.A., (Psychology) The Johns Hopkins University, 1988
J.D., Stanford University, 1993
Ph.D., (Psychology) Stanford University, 1994

Tehila Kogut

Ben-Gurion University

Tehila Kogut is a Associate Professor and the Chairperson of the Educational Psychology Program at Ben-Gurion University.

Her research in the field of Social Psychology and Decision Making has focused on one of the most important facets of human social behavior: the willingness to help others in need. Her earlier work concentrated on the “identifiable victim effect”, a line of research that she further developed in her later work by examining boundary conditions, sources and wide implications of the effect to private and public decision making. Her ongoing research examines developmental and cultural sources of pro-social behavior among children and adults.

Tomasz Pietrzykowski

University of Silesia in Katowice

Tomasz Pietrzykowski – dr hab., adjunct professor at the Chair of Legal Theory and Philosophy of Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland. Since 2009 Deputy-Chairman of the Polish National Committee on the Ethical Review of Animal Experimentation. Since 2010 Deputy-Chairman of the Bioethics Committee of the Medical University of Silesia. A former head of the governmental administration at the Silesian region (2005-2007); practising lawyer, since 1999 associated with one of the Polish leading law firms.